Aug 13, 2009

Home Burglary Prevention: Why I'll Never Buy a Jewelry Box

Maybe because the economy is down, burglaries are up in my neighborhood. We've been broken into before, even with a home security system. So now, every time I leave the house, I look around and wonder, "What would they take first?"

But if there's one thing I know, it's that anyone who breaks into my house will have a long, hard search for the jewelry (such as it is, mostly costume). I've inherited my mother's habit of hiding things in weird places, all over the house. Amidst home supplies, within empty boxes that look like they should hold something else, and in other places I'm too paranoid to mention in print! They're so well hidden even I can't always find them. Recently a necklace turned up after a year in a little plastic box that once held . . . well, I don't even remember anymore.

Recently I saw some pretty jewelry boxes on sale, and thought, "Why don't I have one of those?" But then I talked to a friend whose house had been burglarized, and she basically lost all of her jewelry because it was so conveniently located in her jewelry box. I'm sticking with my weird hiding places. And hey, when I find something that was hidden from me for long enough, it's almost like having something new to wear!