Jewellery burglaries

Thames Valley Police has received reports of burglaries where houses have been targeted for high-value gold jewellery. Often, the gold is melted for cash or sold on.

Avoid giving burglars this opportunity by following some simple crime prevention tips:-

  • Please don’t keep your high value jewellery at home – use a bank safety deposit box
  • If you have to keep your jewellery at home, then please invest in a home safe suitable for protecting your jewellery, your insurance company will provide advice as to which type and grade of safe best suits your needs
  • Keep an inventory of your jewellery. This can be done in a paper version or online with companies such as Immobilise. For more information go to include identifying marks, value, and purchase date
  • Photograph your jewellery. Place your jewellery against a plain background with a ruler next to it to give an idea of size
  • Check your home insurance to ensure that it covers keeping high-value jewellery at home
  • Make sure your home is kept secure at all times – windows/ door locks, timers that switch lights on when going out Set your house alarm if you have one
  • As with other valuables, do not leave jewellery on display
  • Use forensic marking to identify your jewellery. Information on forensic marking can be found on

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