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Thieves Love These 3 Places You're Putting Your Jewelry

Posted by Kristin Fencl on Sep 29, 2016 1:11:07 PM

Jewelry theft. It can happen to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Given that we process insurance claims for stolen jewelry on a daily basis, we turned to some of our experts to reveal the top three places jewelry is stolen from. Along with tips to protect yours, of course.

3. The Gym

Gym shoes on bench in locker room

While you're working up a sweat, make sure your jewelry stays where you left it. Gyms are a common place for thieves to steal jewelry.

Prevention Tips:

Read on for why leaving your jewelry in your car while working out isn't your best solution.
 

2. Your Car

Man attempting to open a car door

Your vehicle is the second most common place where jewelry is stolen.

Thieves often steal first and think about the value later - smashing car windows just to peer inside a bag to see if it contains anything worth swiping.

Prevention Tips:

  • Do not leave anything of value in plain sight, including jewelry in the cup holder or side door compartments.
  • Lock your doors and roll up your windows when you leave your vehicle, even if you think you're in a low-crime area. Many cars get broken into within the first few seconds after the driver steps out of sight.
  • If you have a garage, use it. If you park outside, do not leave your garage door opener in the vehicle, providing access to your garage at least, and your home as well for attached units.

It may seem like common sense, but you'd be surprised how often these basic tips are overlooked as we rush from place to place on our daily routine.

1. Your Jewelry Box

Thief reaching for pearls on dresser

While your home is and should be your safe space, it's also the most common place jewelry is stolen from.

This house was a literal open door for jewelry theft during a real estate open house, with more than $150,000 worth of jewelry and watches swiped:

 

 

Prevention Tips:

  • Store your jewelry in a secure location other than your dresser drawers or jewelry box, especially when you have guests in your home.
  • Install quality locks on your doors and windows, including deadbolts on main entries. (And use them.)
  • Make it look like you're home when you're not. Use automatic timers on interior and exterior lights, have your mail picked up daily by someone you trust and keep your yard groomed.

It's a good lesson to keep anything of value locked up and out of sight anytime you have people in your home you don't know all that well - like contractors, painters, maids or even babysitters. You can never be too careful when protecting valuable jewelry in your home.

In the case your jewelry is stolen, make sure you know what steps to take.

Have you had jewelry stolen? Help others avoid a similar situation by sharing your story in the comments.

 

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