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Don't Leave Home Without A Home Valuables Video

Don't Leave Home Without A Home Valuables Video

Recently I was reading about a rash of robberies in our area that were focusing

on grabbing jewelry and other small items that can be sold for quick cash.

Home invasions seem to be an easy way for criminals to get fast cash.

With the rise in precious metals and the cash for gold stores in every town

it makes it easy to convert jewelry to cash.  If you are planning an extended

time away from home, this gives thieves an open opportunity.




No one wants to think they might be robbed. But preparation for a home burglary

is key to helping police with descriptions of the items stolen.  You also will need

to prove your losses  to your insurance company. It makes sense to have some

kind of permanent record of valuables with a photo and brief description.


My suggestion is to pick a day and document your valuables. Then put the record

of your inventory in a safe place, such as a safe deposit box, a relative's home,

or off-site location. So if the worst happens and a home invasion or disaster

strikes, your record is not destroyed.


Police and insurance companies recommend a narrated video of each room in

the house, including the basement and garage, describing  individual items that

are of value. Next, still photos of valuable items such as china, silver, jewelry

collections, are invaluable proof to the insurance company of exactly what you

had. Once completed, add a brief description to the photo.   Many small items

can be forgotten until years later if you are just trusting your memory. 


This sounds like a big task.  But well worth the effort, especially if you have a loss

and have to prove ownership.  Now, to follow my own advice; Where is our video



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Comment balloon 1 commentTerry & Bonnie Westbrook • February 24 2012 11:58AM


Terry&Bonnie--This is a great idea or great reminder that it can happen to anyone. Since almost everyone has a video camera or one in their phone, this can be done quickly and easily before a trip.

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) almost 9 years ago

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