Photo evidence

Cartoon of a Grandma Using a Polaroid Instant CameraA friend of mine was recently burgled and lost items of sentimental value that couldn’t be replaced and for which she had no receipts (the items were mostly over 50 years old).

Unfortunately, the best she could do for the Police and her insurers was a broad description of the missing articles. She was, however, given some sensible advice by a police officer and passed it onto me.

Most, if not all, readers of this blog have a digital camera, a smartphone or a tablet with a built in camera. Use this technology to create a record of every room in your home and an individual photo of all valuable items. If photographing jewellery then place a ruler or measure alongside so the size can be judged. If an item has a serial number, or other unique identifier, then get a photo of that as well. Receipts too, where you have them.

Don’t forget a picture of whatever device you’re using for the photos!

Next, copy all these pictures onto a memory stick, DVD or external disc drive and put that away safely. Photographic evidence is not very useful if it’s been stolen or broken as well!

If you have access to Cloud storage, then upload the images there – they can be retrieved with a login/password from any computer that you have access to. Putting photos of your valuables on a Facebook account, however, is a very bad idea.

Essex Police have further advice here