Are you sitting on boxes of war memorabilia, medals from veterans of the Great War? If so, maybe you need to think about keeping them safe.
War medals can fetch a high price these days in the profitable market for war memorabilia. With medals changing hands for between £70 and £500 thefts of war medals are on the rise. It’s a sad fact when you consider those to whom the medals were awarded and the price that they paid in the first place.
There are some things that you can do to reduce the chance of theft of your war memorabilia:
1) Don’t let strangers into your house
– If someone arrives on your doorstep saying they need to check the gas or electric, always ask for identification. You can double check their credentials with the company they are purporting to be from before you let them in.
2) Don’t keep war medals in your bedroom
– Bedrooms are the first places burglars will look. Less obvious places to hide your war medals and memorabilia could be in the garage, above a removable ceiling tile or in an old chocolate tin. Make sure you tell someone you can trust though in case you don’t remember later on.
3) Hide your war medals in different places
By hiding your medals in different places, if you do become a target for theft then there is more chance that some of your treasured medals will remain safely in your posession.
4) Get a safe
They are available form about £25 online so they don’t have to break the bank!
5) Get a burglar alarm with internal motion sensors
Sensors in the hallway, kitchen or lounge will give unwanted visitors a fright should they try entering uninvited.
6) Store them in private storage
High street banks stopped offering safe deposit boxes a few years ago. But there are other options. Space Station, for example, can provide you with secure storage facilities protected by state-of-the-art security. The additional benefit is you can use the space for safely storing larger items, such as paintings, uniforms and other war memorabilia which take up too much space at home.
Following these six steps will help to minimise the risk of your war medals being stolen. However, if you do fall victim to thieves, the Veterans association can replace your war medals with replicas. While you’ll be able to continue wearing your war medals with pride, a replica won’t have the sentimental value as the real thing. So keep your war memorabilia safe with our 6 steps.