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The top 5 items stolen from homes
Curious about which items burglars most love to burgle? You’re in luck! We’ve used AAMI Contents claims data (2018-2022) to give you the scoop. We present to you the top 5 items stolen from Aussie homes (by quantity, not value).
If you have bling lying around your house, watch out! Jewellery is a high-risk category. These are the pieces most likely to be stolen:
Rings were the favourite target, unsurprisingly — they’re expensive and small, and easy for the average thief to slip into their pocket — and accounted for 5.2% of all claims.
Neck bling took 2nd place, making up 4.7% of all claims.
Watch out for your watches! They made up 4.1% of all claims.
Earring were also a fav, making up 3.7% of all claims.
To help cover your at-risk accessories, home security can be worthwhile. If you have beloved jewellery pieces at home, add a little extra peace of mind to your home safety plan with home insurance. AAMI Contents Insurance can cover your jewellery, not just against theft, but also fire, flood, storm and other insured events. This includes one-of a-kind pieces stolen from your home. Where possible, we’ll get them replaced or repaired. Otherwise, we’ll pay you what the item would have cost right before the loss or damage, up to the relevant limits.
2. Bags, wallets and purses
The value of a handbag and its contents is often high, making these easy to grab-and-go items account for over 4.6% of claims. But while having to cancel credit cards and order a new licence is a pain, some comfort can be found in knowing home contents insurance will generally cover handbags and wallets, and many of the things they contain.
Laptops, notebooks and tablets made up 4.1% of our total theft claims. If you can’t imagine being without your devices, don’t worry; our standard Contents Insurance can cover them at home.
If you like to stay connected on the go, consider adding Portable Valuables Cover as an optional cover. And remember — you'll need to list these types of devices on your policy as ‘extra cover portable valuables - specified items’.
4. Power tools
These items made up 3.7% of all our recent theft claims.
Luckily for tradies (and anyone who keeps equipment used for business purposes at home), we cover tools of trade. These items don’t need to be specified; you’re entitled to up to $2,000 if they’re lost or damaged in an insured event.
Whether thieves are after a new set of wheels or perhaps trying to make a quick getaway, bicycles were the fifth most stolen item from homes – making up 3.1% of all claims. Luckily, standard bikes are covered for loss or damage at home under an AAMI Contents Insurance policy.
How to make an insurance claim for break-ins and theft
While you may be feeling angry and anxious, it’s important to immediately deal with the problem of a break-in. Start by calling the police and documenting the exact state of your house. Go through and identify what items are missing, and what repairs will be needed. Then get in contact with us to make a claim.
We know how stressful it can be when the unexpected happens. That’s why we’ve made it easy to claim online or via the AAMI App. Here you'll be guided through each step – a simpler, faster and more streamlined way to make a claim.
There you have it folks: these are the top 5 items burglars love to get their hands on — based on AAMI claims data. Remember, you can’t always prevent a home invasion, but you can get covered.
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