Gloucestershire Echo - - HOME ADVICE -

1. Tell your in­surer about a new high value item. Some poli­cies re­quire this above £250. 2. Check in­sur­ance lev­els – valu­able jew­ellery should also be cov­ered for theft and loss out­side the home. 3. Be care­ful – flash­ing the bling can at­tract thieves. Never leave items where they can be seen from out­side.

4. You want to tell your friends you’ve got en­gaged. But try to keep so­cial me­dia posts low key – house break­ers can of­ten find in­for­ma­tion here. And you never know who’s look­ing.

5. The first place bur­glars look is the bed­room. They as­sume many leave valu­ables in bed­side cab­i­nets. Safes should be pro­fes­sion­ally in­stalled – oth­er­wise they could be easy for thieves to re­move and open later.

6. Keep re­ceipts and take pho­to­graphs – but don’t share them. No in­sur­ance can re­place sen­ti­men­tal value but suc­cess­ful claims can help heal the hurt.

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