Essex Police issue security advice during Diwali celebrations

News / Wed 7th Nov 2018 at 02:35pm

AS Diwali celebrations continue, Essex Police are reminding residents how to keep themselves and their jewellery safe.

Burglars are believed to target specific homes and are generally ignoring possessions such as valuable electrical items, to steal traditional Asian gold jewellery.

Here are top five tips below:

Lock your doors and windows every time you leave your house or go to bed. Buy CCTV and a burglar alarm where possible for extra security and peace of mind.

Keep any high value items in a safe deposit box or bank. Or put them in a safe, which is secured to a wall or floor and complies with official insurance rating standards.

Keep an inventory of your jewellery including photos. This can be done in a paper version or online with companies such as Immobilise. Make sure you include identifying marks, value, and purchase date and list each one of them on your home insurance and are covered by your policy.

When wearing jewellery in public, particularly during wedding season and religious holidays, consider keeping your jewellery hidden until you get to the venue and be extra vigilant.

Use forensic marking such as SmartWater or Selectamark to identify your jewellery. Information on forensic marking can be found at: www.securedbydesign.com

If you’re going to be wearing jewellery during your celebrations, please visit website for more safety advice: www.essex.police.uk/letstalk

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