September 1, 2022
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If you’ve been following the news, you’ll be aware of an ongoing crime trend called “follow-home robberies”, where criminals follow their victims’ home from places like jewelry businesses, high-end restaurants, shops, etc.

The target of these robberies has been expensive jewelry, watches, necklaces and purses. Vehicles have also been targeted based on the make and model.

To keep yourself and your staff safe, here are some security tips that focus on actions you can take on a day-to-day or prolonged basis that can be highly effective when it comes to your safety.

Keep in mind that while some level of physical and electronic security components are necessary, the final component of a well-rounded security strategy won’t cost you a dime.

Home Security Tips for Jewelers
  • Place generic license plates on your vehicles and avoid placing any uniquely identifying stickers (i.e. auto dealers, your children’s school) on your vehicles that will attract attention or assist a criminal to positively identify you as a jeweler and more easily follow you.
  • Don’t bring jewelry home with you. Your merchandise is for your business and bringing it home presents unnecessary risk to your family.
  • Additionally, avoid taking a briefcase home. Even if it only contains paperwork, criminals who could be casing you can’t see what’s inside and may assume you’re carrying jewelry. 
  • Plan and vary your route when traveling to and from your business and drive defensively. Remain alert and aware of any/all suspicious individual(s), vehicle(s) or situations you encounter in transit. Use appropriate countermeasures or planned alternate routes when necessary.
  • Never have any jewelry industry publications or business mail sent to your home address. Instead, have them sent to your business or a post-office box.
  • Don’t hide your house key under your doormat, in the mailbox, or any other “secret” hiding place a typical person may use. Play it safe and leave your key with a trusted neighbor.
  • Don’t list your personal phone number in a phone book and be especially aware if it can be searched online. Be diligent and make sure you’re not searchable.
  • Always have your cell phone charged and within arm’s reach.
  • Make sure that the valuable items in your home have ID numbers that can be referenced if they are ever stolen.
  • Keep purses, wallets, money, jewelry, and other valuable items out of sight at all times.
  • If you’re not wearing your jewelry, store it in your locked and alarmed safe. If you find that there are pieces of jewelry you own that are not worn frequently, consider storing these items in a safe-deposit box.
  • If one of your family members happens to be a canine, train it to bark at unknown individuals. This can warn you of intruders, as well as intimidate would-be burglars.
  • Just like a crime prevention network between you and other local jewelers and business owners, consider starting and/or supporting a neighborhood watch program.
  • You should already have a working relationship with your local police department to keep an eye on your business. Remember to also ask the police to keep an eye on your home. 
  • Keep your doors locked even when you are home. 
  • Don’t open the door to delivery people or unexpected visitors. 
  • If you’re away on vacation, ask a neighbor or family member you entrusted with your spare key to pick up mail and deliveries. Seek the help of an equally trusted service company to cut your lawn or shovel snow. Don’t forget to keep your automatic timers on to give the appearance that you are home. 
  • Regularly review your security plan with your family and share these tips with them.

The good news is that you probably already accomplish some of these tips in your regular routine. For instance, the thought of leaving your house without a charged cell phone or charging device could make anyone anxious. You may already have different routes planned to get to and from work, especially if traffic is bad.

Remember, these home security tips for jewelers aren’t effective in isolation. You need to practice your procedural security along with both physical security and electronic security at your home, as well as at your business.

For more safety and security tips and resources, reach out to the Risk Services team at Jewelers Mutual at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit JewelersMutual.com/riskservices for free guides, downloads and checklists to help you and your business stay safe and secure.

You can also visit The Clarity Blog for more safety and security recommendations for your jewelry business.

Interested in other tips, tools, and techniques aimed at helping you run a more secure and successful jewelry business? Browse more of our Business Tips.
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