Learn how to properly photograph and safeguard valuables
You may think locking up your valuables and jewelry in a safe will guarantee their protection. However, say they are stolen while you have them out of a safe, you accidentally misplace them or worst-case scenario: Someone cracks the code to your safe. Regardless of the situation, protect your valuables by following these easy steps and if you have a home security system, always remember to properly arm it when you leave the house.
- Engrave all valuables, such as electronics, mobile devices and antiques with your drivers license number. This makes it easy to trace them back to the owner. (If your drivers license number is your Social Security number, it is recommended that you either apply for a new license with a different number or get a state identification card, which has a generic number and will not expire.)
- Put the number in two locations on the item: One that can be easily seen and one that is in a more discreet place.
- Identify and record all serial/model numbers on your valuables and keep the list in a safe place.
- Photograph or videotape the contents of your home. Keep the photos/tape in a fireproof safe or safety deposit box.
- If you have expensive jewelry, photograph it with an ID card to show ownership. It should also be shown with a ruler next to it, to indicate its size.
You might also consider displaying a sticker somewhere in your home that lets potential burglars know all of your property has been marked and documented, so that if they do steal anything, it can be easily traced when recovered.