3 Jewelry Safety Tips to Keep Criminals Away During the Holidays
There are those of us who love this time of year for all its joy, togetherness and sentiment. Then there are the criminals who treat the holiday season like open season with us — and our arms loaded with shopping bags — being the prime targets.
As experts in loss prevention, Jewelers Mutual has laid out some less well-known safety measures you can take to protect yourself, your loved ones and your possessions this holiday season. Here are jewelry safety tips to help keep your holidays happy.
Jewelry Safety Tips for the Holidays
1. Safety in the Jewelry Store
The first thing you can do is be mindful at the checkout. Try to shield yourself from nosy onlookers as you enter a PIN or electronic signature.
After checkout, instead of struggling with a bunch of small bags or packages, ask for some extra-large bags. It’s easier to lose smaller items simply by accident when you have so much to keep track of.
Also, ask your jewelry retailer if they have unmarked bags so you’re not a walking advertisement for all the fancy bling you just bought.
2. Safety at Home
Is the jewelry you purchased a holiday gift? We recommend waiting to put it under the tree just before you’re ready to give it. Those beautifully wrapped packages are a magnet for thieves who break into homes looking for easy, brand-new merchandise.
According to SafeWise.com, a burglary happens once every 30 seconds in the United States, which equals up to 3,000 burglaries a day.
3. Safety When Traveling
Are you heading out of town for the holidays? It’s wise to have your jewelry appraised before you go and to make a list of pieces you’re taking with you.
If you’re traveling by airplane, we recommend the following:
- Always pack jewelry in a carry-on bag, never in checked baggage
- Leave expensive pieces at home, preferably in a safe deposit box, and wear less expensive travel jewelry
- Keep expensive pieces you can’t part with in the hotel safe when not wearing them
Just a few extra precautions this time of year can make a world of difference to help ensure your holidays include the sparkle you intended.
General Holiday Safety Tips
- Never leave a key. For anyone. Even if you fully trust the person you're intending the key for, they may not be the person who actually ends up using it.
- Keep jewelry and other valuables out of sight. No one can be tempted if they don't know it's there. A safety deposit box is an excellent choice, especially if you have house guests or are hiring a house or pet sitter while you're away. (For extra peace of mind, insure your jewelry!)
- Be aware. It's likely that you have the best family, friends and acquaintances, however, according to SafeAtLast, 65% of burglars know their victims. Extended family, kids' friends, home repair workers, even pets - keep an eye on their whereabouts and keep doors closed to off-limits rooms.
Social Media Safety Reminder
We're certainly not suggesting you forego the engagement ring selfie or other pictures of new jewelry purchases, but perhaps check the privacy of that particular post before pressing "Share." Familiarize yourself with the security options on each social media platform you frequent.
And unless you'd like to entice burglars while you are away from home, it's unwise to announce upcoming travel plans or post updates while you're vacationing. However, there's no harm in sharing photos of your adventures after you've safely returned. That's what #Latergrams are for, right?
Beyond what you can control, you may also want to consider additional safeguards in case you do become a target of crime. Consider an alarm system for your house and store your jewelry in a safe or safety deposit box at your bank. And if you'd like to insure your favorite jewelry, Jewelers Mutual is here to help.
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