How to Protect Your Valuables as You Get Older
Keeping track of all of your possessions can be difficult as you get older. You might find that you’re constantly misplacing items, and have to spend five minutes rooting around for your keys every time you leave the house. For smaller, more valuable items, this problem is even more pressing, as these are the items which are most vulnerable to theft. As such, necklaces, bracelets and diamond rings should all be secured safely.
Let’s look at a few of the ways in which older people might keep their valuables secure.
Buy a Safe
A safe offers an excellent means of keeping your possessions secure. It’s heavy enough that it can’t be easily removed and taken away in its entirety, and it will come with a high-quality lock. In most cases, this will be a combination lock, but nowadays you might also find versions that require a fingerprint to be unlocked. Don’t tell the combination to too many people, and don’t write it down anywhere. But at the same time, you don’t want to forget the combination, so make sure that it’s easy to remember.
Secure Doors and Windows
If you have a door or window that lacks a proper lock, then it might represent a tempting target for would-be burglars. This applies especially to downstairs windows.
Turn away random people from your door
If strangers appear at your door, then don’t feel tempted to let them in for a chat. If you think that this is likely, then you might invest in a chain for your door. That way you’ll be able to speak with strangers without feeling vulnerable.
Your contents insurance should cover all of your valuables. In some cases, you might need specialised insurance to cover certain sorts of goods. While insurance won’t cover the sentimental value of precious items, it will provide you with a little bit of peace of mind.
Install a Home Security System
You don’t need to invest much nowadays to have a high-quality security system, complete with cameras and alarms. Thanks to wireless technology, there’s no need to tear up carpets, or to thread cables underneath floorboards. Camera systems can provide a deterrent to would-be intruders, and you can use them to monitor your home remotely when you go away.
Call 999 if you suspect you’ve been robbed
If you’ve been robbed, it’s important to involve the police as soon as possible. If you don’t feel safe in your house, then the best bet is to call 999. If the moment has passed, then called 101 to report the burglary. Make sure that you list any missing items, and cancel any stolen cards. Your insurer will need these steps to have been taken before they pay out.
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