Rise in burglary claims across Queensland: insurer

Keira Jenkins |

Insurance claims for break-ins have increased in Queensland, according to RACQ Insurance.
Insurance claims for break-ins have increased in Queensland, according to RACQ Insurance.

More than $6 million in property was stolen from Queensland homes in 2023. 

Townsville, inner Brisbane and the city’s southside were among the areas with the highest frequency of home break-ins, according to claims data from RACQ insurance.

The insurer ranked 19 regions across Queensland by comparing the number of their policy holders with the number of claims they received.

They received a total of 1327 claims across the state in 2023.

RACQ Insurance group executive Trent Sayers said this amounts to a five per cent increase in home theft claims across Queensland.

“According to the data, more thefts occurred on weekdays than any other day of the week, with Monday being the most popular day for theft,” Mr Sayers said.

Brisbane’s southside had the highest number of home thefts, with 208 claims recorded in 2023, an 18 per cent increase on the previous year. 

In the Wide Bay region 81 home theft claims were made, double the 40 recorded in 2022.

Cairns, Toowoomba, Ipswich, Gold Coast, Fitzroy, and Moreton Bay North all recorded a decrease in home theft claims.

The largest drop was in Moreton Bay North, where 33 claims were made, compared with 57 the previous year. 

Mr Sayers said RACQ research had found half of Queenslanders (52 per cent) are worried about car or house break-ins when they’re not home. 

“If you can, invest in a security system, a timer for your lights or even technology that allows you to control features in your home via your phone,” he said.

“If you’re heading away for an extended period, ask a trusted neighbour or friend to collect your mail, mow your lawn and take your bins in and out.”

The data comes as Queensland’s police commissioner Katarina Carroll announced her resignation on Tuesday after five years in the role.

Ms Carroll stepped down amid outcry over youth crime and reports of officer unrest. 

She announced she would not be seeking an extension to her contract, and will finish up on March 1. 

Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski will be acting in the top job amid Ms Carroll’s departure.