Asian traditions have always placed a strong emphasis on jewellery and investing in gold is a time honoured practice.
Some are gifts or family heirlooms and all hold incredible value, both financial and sentimental, to their owners.
Unfortunately, with the value of gold at an all time high, these beautiful pieces are often a target for thieves.
Please read our advice to help keep you and your treasured possessions safe from thieves.
Top tips on how to keep your gold and jewellery safe
- Keep your doors and windows locked and secured at all times
- Consider installing a house alarm or security lighting
- Join your local Neighbourhood Watch group
- Make sure your home looks occupied when you are out or away. Use an automatic timer switch to turn interior lights on and off
- Be aware that thieves sometimes ring the doorbell to check whether someone is in. Make sure you know who is at the door before you answer it. Check ID of all service providers to ensure their identity
- Be aware of strangers or strange vehicles in your area. Report suspicious activity to Dorset Police online here or call 101. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111
- In an emergency always dial 999
- The best place for high value jewellery is in a safety deposit box. If you do keep it at home consider installing a safe that is securely fixed to the floor or wall
- Make a list of all of your jewellery including a description
- Take photographs using a rule as a guide to size and length. Do not keep the list and the photographs together
- Ensure your jewellery is adequately covered by your insurance, with an agreed valuation
- Register your property free of charge at www.immobilise.com
- Consider wearing a scarf or something similar when you are on your way to events or occasions in public
- Avoid posting about weddings, festivals or other celebrations on social media – criminals may see your posts and work out when you won’t be at home, or use your photos to identify valuable gold / jewellery
- Ensure your privacy settings on social media allow only people you know to see your profile, posts and pictures
- When attending events, consider only putting your jewellery on when you arrive, and removing it again before you leave
- Always put your jewellery away after use
- Do not leave valuables in the car
Heritage jewellery is beautiful and should be seen and admired, however there are unfortunately thieves who target these lovely pieces.
- If you are on your way to events or occasions in public please consider wearing a scarf or something similar so as not to draw attention to your jewellery.
- Always walk to and from events or occasions in groups. Never walk alone.
- Try to stay in well-lit areas and on main roads where other people are around.
- If you are driving make sure you park in busy areas where there is good lighting, especially at night.
- If you are getting a taxi always use reputable companies. Send the registration number to a friend so that they know which car you’ve got in.
- Feeling uneasy about a driver? Listen to your instincts: if in doubt, don’t get in the car.
- Do not put yourself at risk to protect your jewellery.
- Stay alert – awareness is your best defence.