How To Protect Your Jewelry
Ah, summer. The season to fill your days with warm sunshine, cool water, and relaxing vacations. However, if you’re planning any kind of summer get-a-way, you have to know how to protect your valuable items.
For the most part, you’ll simply need to take some basic precautions in order to protect your valuables this summer, although sometimes the most obvious precautions are the ones most easily forgotten! For example, before you go anywhere, ensure that your windows and doors are locked, and do not leave a spare key in an obvious place (such as under a door mat, a potted plant, or in the mailbox). If you have a security system installed, make sure that it’s in proper working order, and always tell a trusted neighbor or friend to keep a watchful eye on your place while you’re gone.
Protect Your Documents
People worry that a burglar will steal their valuable antiques, electronics, jewelry, or furniture. While these items are certainly not outside of a thief’s purview, we often forget that some of our most important valuables come in the form of documents: credit card information, bank statements, birth certificates, mortgage details, passports, etc. These documents can be used to steal someone’s identity. One of the best ways to keep these documents safe is to lock them away in a bank’s safety deposit box. In other words, secure your information by keeping it out of your home, and away from prying eyes!
Check Your Protection
Even if you’re only going away for a short summer vacation, make sure you know exactly what your home insurance covers, and for how long. Depending on the duration of your vacation, you may need to extend your insurance, or purchase extra insurance for items that are not covered. Having proper insurance is one of the best ways to protect your valuables this summer, because even if you do have the misfortune of having your home or property broken into, with the right insurance, you’ll be able to claim your losses.
For a claim to pay out, you may need someone checking on your property daily or a few days a week while you were away. Check your policy carefully for this clause.
Look Like You’re Home
One of the ways to dissuade thieves from breaking in is to make it look like you’re home. If you’ve got a pile of unread newspaper subscriptions outside your door, or your mailbox is piling over, it’s easy for burglars to realize you’re not home and target your valuables. Have your mail temporarily halted or have a friend or neighbor pick up your mail and newspapers. Leave a few lights on and close the blinds.
Taking a few necessary precautions before your summer vacation means you can go away and relax without having to worry.