Did you know that jewelry is the most commonly stolen item from seniors? Many seniors have a lot of jewelry that has been collected over the years. These items are small and easily converted to cash, which is why jewelry is often a target for thieves.
It is important to keep an inventory of the jewelry, so that you can easily identify if pieces are missing. This documentation should include photos or videos of the most valuable or sentimental pieces, so that you have evidence of ownership in case a theft occurs. If the task of taking stock of your jewelry seems daunting, there are professional inventory experts who can help. Check with your other trusted advisors for a referral to such an expert in your area.
Also, the jewelry should always be locked up to prevent theft, even if you think that the jewelry is safe.
According to Paul Greenwood, Deputy District Attorney in San Diego, the three types of people most likely to steal jewelry are: a child or grandchild in need of extra cash, the caregiver, or a contractor or service provider in the home doing repairs or other type of work.
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