Independent jewellery retailer, Nova Silver, has warned people to be vigilant following an increase in the number of consumers looking to replace jewellery that has been stolen.

The Norwich-based store has noted a spike in local break-ins resulting in the loss of irreplaceable jewellery, and is urging people to take action to strengthen weak sots.

Hollie Woodham, from Nova Silver, told local paper Eastern Daily Press: “We’ve noticed a real increase in the number of customers who are coming to us looking to replace jewellery that has been stolen.

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“We all know that burglars are looking for items that are high value and easy to carry, and unfortunately that makes jewellery an attractive choice.”

The jeweller has urged people to note weak spots in their homes where entry could be gain and fix them.

Advice includes asking neighbours to move bins when they are away so the home looks occupied and hiding valuable pieces of jewellery away where a suspected thief would not look.