If you’ve splashed out on some serious bling, the last thing you want is to have it stolen.
Unfortunately, burglaries are a fact of life and they are increasingly common. In New Zealand, burglaries increased by 12 per cent last year and it is likely that most people either know someone who has been burgled, or have been themselves.
Village Jeweller recommends investing in a small safe. Like all things, safes vary greatly in price, but you should be able to pick one up for under $100 at your local hardware shop.
Spillers Hammer Hardware in Howick stock small home safes.
Make sure the safe can be bolted to something solid because there is no point investing in a safe that someone can carry out of the house.
Place your safe somewhere easy for you to access. If it’s too troublesome to get to, you won’t use it. Down on the floor beside the hot water cylinder is not going to do your knees any favours.
If you don’t want to go down the safe route, ensure that you put your good pieces away from sight. Having a jewellery box on your dressing table may be convenient, but it’s also the first spot thieves will look. Keep the box for costume jewellery that has little value.
If the worst does happen, it is important to have all your jewellery valued and itemized. This covers you for insurance and allows for your jewellery to be re-created.
Village Jeweller provides a full valuation service for $65 (as at February 2017 and subject to change) that includes a clean, checking for wear and tear, and a written report, which includes a photo. Customers receive two copies of the report, one to keep and one to send off to the insurance company.
You should also do an inventory list for the less valuable items.
Do you think you’d be ok in the case of a burglary or do you feel a trip to the hardware store coming on…?