Don’t give burglars the key to your jewellery.
Thames Valley Police has received reports of burglaries where houses have been targeted for high-value gold jewellery. Often, the gold is melted for cash or sold on.
Avoid giving burglars this opportunity by following some simple crime prevention tips:-
- Please don’t keep your high value jewellery at home – use a bank safety deposit box
- If you have to keep your jewellery at home, then please invest in a home safe suitable for protecting your jewellery, your insurance company will provide advice as to which type and grade of safe best suits your needs
- Keep an inventory of your jewellery. This can be done in a paper version or online with companies such as Immobilise. For more information go to www.immobilise.com include identifying marks, value, and purchase date
- Photograph your jewellery. Place your jewellery against a plain background with a ruler next to it to give an idea of size
- Check your home insurance to ensure that it covers keeping high-value jewellery at home
- Make sure your home is kept secure at all times – windows/ door locks, timers that switch lights on when going out
- Set your house alarm if you have one
- As with other valuables, do not leave jewellery on display
- Use forensic marking to identify your jewellery. Information on forensic marking can be found on www.securedbydesign.com