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