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How to Protect Your Possessions From Theft

By on June 8, 2016
How to Protect Your Possessions From Theft

Have you ever been the victim of thievery? Chances are strong that you have, in one way or another. Perhaps your brother, sister or friend hornswoggled you out of the last piece of pizza, or snuck off with a six-pack of your favorite beverage.

Often we allow these small trespasses, but if you’ve had the bad luck of coming home to a burglarized house or car, or have had your wallet lifted from your pocket, you know the feeling of violation that accompanies the experience. There is a common thread between your pizza-nabbing pal and a committed burglar — they both took advantage of your oversights.

The best way to stop a thief is to think ahead and identify where you’re creating opportunities. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Show You’re Protected — Of course an alarm is one effective way to stop theft, but if you can’t afford one, a well-placed sign that says your home or car is protected can be enough to make a thief think twice. An affordable technique for your car is to install a blinking light on the dash to give the appearance of an alarm.
  • Lock up Your Wheels — Those who rely on a bicycle for transport or high-end bike owners who ride for sport should be sure to invest in a quality lock and use it religiously. Bike thieves abscond with two million bikes a year and the number is rising.

 Always register the serial number of your bike so you can prove ownership if someone steals it. Car owners who live in high-crime areas can protect their ride by having a fenced-in carport with a locked gate.

  • Look Alive — Leaving on vacation? You can help prevent theft by leaving your lights or even your radio running. If thieves suspect there is someone home, they are much less likely to make an attempt on your items.
  • Travel Light — Travelling in a high-crime area? You may want to have an extra wallet loaded with an expired ID and minimal cash available to get yourself out of a pinch. If you own an expensive cell phone, you can swap the SIM card into a cheaper model for your trip to minimize impact if it’s stolen.
  • Plan Ahead — All of these are great tips, but in reality it’s nearly impossible to guarantee the safety of your items from a committed thief. This is why it’s crucial that you identify your valuables and consider purchasing insurance for them.

Renters insurance is typically very affordable, and will cover many items you might leave at home during work. Make sure that you check the limit of your policy though: For high-dollar items like computers and jewelry you may need to take out an additional floating policy.

By practicing these five simple suggestions, you can greatly reduce the chances that you’ll be the target of theft. Remember that avoiding attention is always the best way to ensure your things stay safely in their place, but if things do go wrong you can take comfort in the protection provided by your insurance.

Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington

One Comment

  1. Demi

    6/28/2016 at 9:10 pm

    Great tips to protect yourselves from theft.Leaving lights on is a good idea if you are going for vacation.We always leave our lights on if there won’t be anybody in home at nights.

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