The following tips are from people who have told me their stories and experiences to prevent future crime. With California almost lawless, I can only hope things will change in the future and the penalties become a real deterrent. If not, we will lose the items that connect us with the past. Be sure to seek out your local professional on any of the following tips and topics. As for Numismatics, I am happy to help.
Unfortunately, no alarm or security measures are 100% guaranteed to prevent theft. All we can do is slow down the progress of those who would rather use their energy for crime. From the over 100 stories of home or business burglaries I heard over the years, the number one deterrent is a working alarm that sounds off when tripped. Many times an alarm will stop the burglar(s) in their tracks or at least minimize loss and time to commit the crime. Of course, an alarm response is needed so please double check your call list and update if needed. Another simple deterrent against theft is having your doors and windows locked.
In addition to having a working alarm, get a big safe. If it is possible to bolt the safe down, do it professionally. In getting a big safe, be cautious and consult with experienced professionals to install. Many safes and wall units will simply be ripped out or hauled away. The best strategy is to make it difficult to take the safe. Make sure the safe is locked! Also, a safe not found cannot be taken. Be advised that placing a safe against the dirt of the earth is not good, I have heard stories of paper disintegrating through the process due to osmosis and moisture contamination.
Be cautious on giving people access to your house and knowing locations of a safe. Be discreet on broadcasting vacation schedules off and online. Rethink ordering gold, silver, coins, and precious metals online, as you leave a digital trail. Split up valuables in different safes and/or locations. Make a list of valuables, especially anything that can be identified by a serial number. Take photographs of coin collections and the albums and holders and store separately. Consider having a safety deposit box at a bank. Remember that most insurance policies do not cover coin collections, so speak to your agent to confirm. If taking trips with valuable items, do not make unnecessary stops and make it a priority to secure valuables. Do not leave anything out and always secure when the task is complete. I hope these tips help you in preventing loss.
I can help with coin questions or evaluations for insurance. Stop by the coin shop at 118 West Main Street in Turlock, or call and make an appointment by calling 209-668-3682.