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5 Smart Ways to Secure Jewelry from Home Theft

Florida Personal Insurance

Just in case you received a shiny new piece of valuable jewelry for the holidays, or were fortunate enough to already have some, you may wish to learn five ways to secure these valuables from theft. Home safety statistics reveal that jewelry is among the most common items stolen in home burglaries, and the rate of theft is on the rise in many places.

While there are obvious risks involved in keeping luxury jewelry and other valuables in your home, it’s not practical to keep everything in a safety deposit box. After all, the whole point of owning a Rolex, stunning diamond earrings or a gorgeous strand of Australian South Sea cultured pearls is to be able to enjoy it.

The good news is that there are creative ways to secure your luxury jewelry and other high-value items from home theft. Here are 5 jewelry security tips to help you keep your jewelry safe at home.

1. Security cameras

Installing security cameras is one of the most effective ways to deter burglars. Modern security camera systems are reasonably-priced and easy to install and use. Make sure to install a camera at each entrance point. This will help to deter would-be thieves and document evidence for the police in the event your valuables are stolen.

2.  Secure safe

Another option to secure your jewels,  is to store them in a robust home safe. There are good options for both wall mounted and fireproof vault safes, and you can even use a hidden safe disguised as an outlet cover, book or clock.  Safes can run from as little as $100 to thousands of dollars depending on your needs. Though these safes aren’t as secure as a bank vault, they are convenient and affordable, and will deter many home burglary attempts.

3. Make your home less tempting.

Keep your home safe from break-ins by making your home less tempting. Don’t advertise your recent purchases by throwing away the boxes and containers in the garbage can or recycling bin outside your home. If you have a security system, display the decals prominently. Keep your shrubs trimmed and make sure you have adequate lighting around your home, especially when away.

4. Hide your jewelry in creative places

Remember, when reading this, we said “creative places”. Being able to safely keep your valuables at home often means thinking outside the box. Though a safe is a deterrent, it’s not a guarantee. So one way to protect your jewelry from being stolen, is to think of creative places to store your valuables. Here are some ideas to get you started (though you have to make sure you can remember where these are, and ensure you don’t accidentally dispose of them!):

  • In an old Mason jar or plastic bottle. An opaque jar or bottle is a great hiding place. You can unobtrusively stick those containers just about anywhere without alerting a potential thief that something valuable is inside.
  • In a freezer bag. This give new meaning to the old saying “cold, hard cash.” Just place your jewelry in a freezer bag and stash it somewhere in the back of your fridge or freezer. Even the most eager thief is unlikely to go through your fridge.
  • At the back of your sock drawer. Put your jewels into an old sock (that is unlikely to draw attention) and stick it at the back of your sock drawer.
  • In the pocket of an old jacket or sweatshirt. Just pick a jacket or other piece of clothing and use the pockets to store your expensive jewels. A burglar is unlikely to search for jewelry in your clothes closet.
  • In a fake bottom of a potted plant. To anyone else, it looks like a vase of fresh flowers or a potted plant, but you will know there is a false bottom that holds your designer watch, diamond pendant or other expensive jewelry.
  • Inside an old coffee cup. Chances are, a burglar won’t take the time to brew a cup of coffee, making an old coffee cup a great hiding place. Just place your jewelry in a cup and place them at the back of your kitchen cabinet. Just make sure you retrieve them if your household help or guests might venture into that cabinet.

5.  Buy jewelry insurance

Even the most diligent preparations won’t ensure your jewelry is safe. Consider jewelry insurance which usually covers accidental damage, loss and theft. To learn more about jewelry coverage for your needs, contact the Lanier Upshaw team