There are many steps you can take to keep your property safe, whether in or out of your home. Making your property less desirable to steal by marking it, keeping a record of serial numbers and keeping valuable items out of sight all go towards making sure you keep what you own.
Outside the home, being aware of your surroundings and the people around you is very important, especially in busy and crowded places. Consider using a purse strap or chain to fix your purse to your bag making it difficult for a purse thief to remove.
Valuable or unusual property should be photographed with a ruler to indicate size, and from more than one angle. Should the item be lost or stolen, the photographs can be circulated and give a greater chance for the item to be recovered.
Obtain valuations with descriptions from a reputable antique dealer or auctioneer, and keep receipts of purchases. Make an inventory of your more valuable property and ensure that you are adequately insured.
Many household insurance policies will have limits on the amount they will pay out for of items unless they are individually listed with your insurance company. If you put any of the following advice into place, inform your insurance company as it may entitle you to a reduction in premiums.