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Many people build their jewelry collections over time. There may be a treasured gold baby bracelet, followed by a pearl pendant given as a sweet 16 gift. As we grow into adulthood, our collection expands as we accumulate new favorites and receive gifts to mark important life events such as weddings and anniversaries.

Some of us are fortunate enough to inherit family heirloom pieces, which become treasured additions to our collections. It is important to take steps to safeguard a jewelry collection because losing any or all of these treasured pieces can be emotionally wrenching. The following tips are offered in the hopes of inspiring readers to take steps to protect their valuables while inside their homes.

Common Types of Theft and How to Prevent Losses

Jewelry can be stolen in a number of ways, some of which may be surprising. There is always the risk of a break-in by professional thieves, which can lead to the loss of an entire collection in one fell swoop. The best way to protect against this type of event is to ensure that your home has a solid system of locks on all windows and doors. Many people also consider installing a security system to prevent intruders from entering the home.

In other cases, individuals who have been invited into your home to complete repairs or provide various services will steal jewelry. This requires a different approach since workers or service providers do not have to break into the property. One of the best ways to prevent loss through these types of “crimes of opportunity” is to simply avoid leaving jewelry out in the open. When a piece of jewelry is lying on a dresser or hanging on an open jewelry holder, it is far too easy for a babysitter, cleaning staff or even a child’s friend to pick up and pocket.

Another great way to prevent this type of theft is to invest in a jewelry safe. Locking valuable items within a safe will provide the peace of mind that comes with knowing that these items are protected from loss.

Establish “Safe” Habits

A home jewelry safe is only effective when it is put to proper use. In order to reap the benefits of a safe, it is necessary to place jewelry into the proper compartments and lock the door. This may sound obvious, but many people routinely leave their safes wide open, which means that their safe is nothing more than an extremely heavy jewelry box. Get into the habit of placing items in the safe as soon as they are removed, and closing and locking the door each and every time.

These are just a few ways to prevent the loss of your jewelry collection. Each individual has a specific set of needs when it comes to home security, and there is a wide range of options available to help keep your home and your valuables safe from harm or loss. At Snow’s Jewelers, we understand just how precious your jewelry collection is, and want to assist out customers in creating safe storage solutions.