Clara, Im glad you asked this question because the holiday season is coming and with that comes the thieves. Protecting yourself today is more difficult then it ever was but with just a little know how you can be much safer.
#1. First of all realize that just because you sell copper jewelry or brass jewelry that no one will rob you think again! The normal thief if not very bright and does not know what your jewelry is or what it is valued at. So always play it safe just like you sell diamonds.
#2. A woman alone is a target! I really hate to say this but somebody has to. Thieves for the most part are cowards and want to pick the weakest target and a woman alone is always easy prey unless they are armed and know how to use there weapon.
#3. Anyone in the jewelry business I strongly suggest they get protection and classes on how to use there weapon. Better safe then sorry.
#4. Thieves hit while:
*you are setting up *While you are breaking down *Or after the show when you are going home
#5. When you leave a show or your home always, always look around at cars or vans that look out of place. And watch closely behind you to see if anyone is following you
#6. When I was on the road I think the reason i was never robbed is because i worked with gold filled. Few places and no pawn shops will cash in on gold filled so no thief wan't something they can't melt down. And I know many others that did get hit and lost it all.
#7. If a thief is going to rob you they are going to follow you so stay with your jewelry at all times. Don't leave it in a hotel without you in it.
#8. EXAMPLES....I know a fellow wire artits who had enough jewelry to fill up a 10x20 booth and he was at a school show. The promoter said it was safe they locked up each night. They came in thru the top windows the ones near the top of the seats and they stole everthing he had. He had to borrow $5000 from a friend and it took him months and months to restock.
The very same guy did a big show two years later in Las Vegas. He had all his jewelry with him in his room. He went to get a cup of coffee downstairs and when he came back to his room all of his jewelry was gone again!!!
They may have been following him for 2 or 3 days waiting for the right moment to strike.
#9. Normally the smaller the show the less chance of getting robbed.
#10. Park in a lighted area, do not park in a secluded lot. Don't be afraid to ask someone to walk with you normally they are glad to help you.
#11. Normally someone that intends to rob you becomes your customer and makes a purchase from you along with some small talk to find out where you are staying. Never, Never tell anyone what hotel you are staying at. Don't do it.
This is not meant to frighten anyone away from there trade but these are tough times and it will tempt people that are down and out. Be vigilant and keep your eyes open all the time.
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