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Lock your jewellery away say Essex Police

Police are urging residents in Essex to look after their jewellery after an increase in the number of burglaries being reported. In one burglary in Westcliff jewellery worth around £10,000 was stolen.

The victim, who did not want to be identified, said: "Being the victim of a break in has now made us think more about security.

We are looking at getting a safe and will consider keeping our jewellery in separate locations. We will definitely photograph all our jewellery; we were lucky this time we could find some photos of the items online.”

Essex Police say a number of steps can be taken by owners of valuable jewellery and gold:

  • Invest in a good quality safe which complies with official insurance rating standards and is secured to a wall or to the floor

  • Take photographs of the jewellery to assist police in finding it should it be stolen

  • Mark the property with a DNA type marking system

  • Do not store all jewellery together