Tis the season to be jolly - and have your home broken into.
The Insurance Council says the holiday season is traditionally accompanied by a spike in the number of burglaries as people take a break from home or are out socialising more.
It says in January this year there were about 3100 burglary-related insurance claims from private houses and commercial premises and is warning people to take extra steps to safeguard their possessions.
"Taking 10 minutes now to think about how you can better protect your property from the increased risks of burglary and loss at this time of year could save a lot of heartache later," said chief executive Tim Grafton.
Tips to protect your home: