Keep your Jewellery safe
With an increase in Burglaries around this time of year keep your jewellery protected and safe.
Be discreet with your jewellery in crowded public places. Don’t make yourself a target for an opportunist thief. Advice on personal safety can be found at suzylamplugh.org/pages/FAQs/category/personal-safety
When you are not wearing your jewellery keep it somewhere safe and out of sight, invest in a safe with the appropriate insurance rating for the value of property stored within it (your insurance company will provide advice as to which type and grade of safe best suits your needs). When fitting a safe conceal it and attach it to at least one solid surface.
Safety deposit boxes are no longer available at most of the major High Street banks, however, some other banks in the county do have them, for example:- the Metro Bank Safety Deposit Service. It should be noted that you will still need to ensure that this property is adequately insured as many do not accept liability for theft or damage.
Keep an inventory of your jewellery. This can be done in a paper version or online with companies such as Immobilise (immobilise.com). Include identifying marks, value, and purchase date.
Most people store their jewellery in the master bedroom – please be creative about where you store your jewellery, especially if it is of high or sentimental value.
Photograph your jewellery. Place your jewellery against a plain background with a ruler to give an idea of size, the photographs can also be uploaded onto your inventory on immobilise.com
Check your home insurance to ensure that it covers keeping high-value Jewellery at home and away from home, and how it is required to be stored.
Make sure your home is kept secure at all times – lock windows and doors correctly, and create the illusion of occupancy with timers that switch lights on and a TV simulator when going out. For further advice see cambs-police.co.uk/GetCloser/Burglary.asp
Invest in a burglar alarm and remember to turn it on, if it has separate zones turn on the zones for unoccupied areas of the house when at home. When choosing an intruder Alarm Company ensure it is a member of nsi.org.uk or ssaib.org. As with other valuables, do not leave jewellery on display. Use forensic marking such as SmartWater or Selectamark to identify your jewellery. Information on forensic marking can be found on securedbydesign.com.
If you see someone acting suspiciously in your area or if you suspect someone of stealing or dealing in stolen jewellery contact Cambridgeshire Constabulary on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
Anthony Marriott PCSO 7288