Barry Bros Blog

7 Ways to Make Sure your Prized Possessions are Accurately Accounted for

Oct 15, 2015

Last month we talked about ways of securing valuable possessions such as works of art, antiques and collectables.

One piece of advice offered was to create an inventory. Listing all your items together with detailed descriptions and clear, close-up photographs and keeping copies of professional valuations will assist in repatriating any lost items as well as acting as proof to the police and insurers that the items were actually in your possession at the time of the incident.

The importance of taking good quality, clear photographs to go with the inventory cannot be stressed enough. There is certainly an ‘art’ to taking photographs of antiques and works of art so that they are as useful as possible, and that’s what we’re going to be talking about in this follow-on post. (more…)

Valuable Advice on Securing Antiques & Works of Art

Sep 23, 2015

If you are lucky enough to be the owner of valuable articles such as antiques or collectables, or artworks such as prints or paintings, then you will no doubt harbour great sentiment over them: precisely why taking serious steps to secure them should be a major priority. In this post we discuss some of the best methods of keeping your valuable items safe and protected. (more…)

Bogus Callers: How to Keep Your Distance and Stay Safe

Sep 10, 2015

Distraction burglaries – where a criminal calls at a home asking for help or posing as an official – are becoming more and more of an issue. Local police forces and local authorities have been helpfully issuing practical advice on how to protect yourself. In this post we are sharing some of this advice, and adding in some guidance of our own on security measures we believe will enhance your levels of protection against bogus callers. (more…)

The Met Police Top Ten List of What Makes a Home Attractive to Burglars (and what to do about it)

Aug 27, 2015

As part of their Operation Bumblebee programme, the Metropolitan Police have published a top ten list of things that make a home attractive to burglars. We’re sharing that list with you in this post, and offering advice on how to ruin the attraction and keep those unwanted intruders at bay. (more…)

Enhancing Security with Natural Measures

Aug 11, 2015

Whilst there is no substitute for a thorough security solution tailored to your particular property and risk level, there are things you can do to enhance your investment. The good news is some of these things are provided by nature!

Traditional physical security measures such as boundary walls, fences and lockable gates can be complemented with bushes, plants, flowers and other landscaping features so as to layer-up to an even higher level of security.

The aim with any security initiative is to reduce the opportunity for crime to take place. You want your property to become less attractive to intruders. So for example, you will aim to reduce their comfort zone, making them feel like they are being watched, or are in a location where they will be easily spotted. (more…)

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