MAP: Criminology researcher puts burglaries down to logic

BURGLARS know to look in the freezer.

And if your belongings are concealable, removable, available, valuable, enjoyable and disposable, burglars will take them.

It forms an acronym which Australian Institute of Criminology Deputy Director of Research Dr Rick Brown uses to describe crimonology, CRAVED, and encompasses methods which homeowners can use to secure their most prized possessions according to NRMA.

Dr Brown said cash was still in high demand even though credit and debit cards were more commonly used, cash was the first thing a burglar would look for especially in a purse or handbag.

"The key thing that remains similar year to year is that it's about stealing things that are liquid, meaning cash itself or things that can easily be turned into cash," he said.

"Some electrical items now tend to be lower down the list either because they're increasingly getting too large to steal - as in the case of televisions - or the price of them has come down so much that they tend to be less favoured.

"There has been a trend towards the theft of car keys because of the difficulties in stealing cars without the keys.

"My number one tip would be to make sure doors and windows are secure.

"This prevents those walk-in burglaries, which account for a significant proportion of burglary offences".

A Queensland Police spokesperson said wherever homeowners knew to hide their valuables, burglars knew to look.

"You might know it's not valuable but the baddy doesn't," the spokesperson said.

"Highly portable and easily sold items like phones and iPads are things that are sought after by offenders but (the most sought after items) would still have to be jewellery.

"Historically things have gone from freezers so put it in a place that is not so obvious."

The spokesperson said top tips to hide valuable jewellery included using masking tape to hide rings under tables and cupboards and leaving cheap jewellery in boxes or drawers and putting valuable jewellery in a safer place.

Top burgled items, according to NRMA
Car keys
Mobile phones