There are criminals who target coin collectors, hobbyists and
investors hoping to find easy targets to rob.
With planning and alertness using these coin show security tips, you
can increase your safety and minimize being a criminal's target.
First, start your safety preparations before you leave home to
minimize your security risk.
1. Clean out the interior of your vehicle; don’t leave anything that
could be perceived as valuable within view to entice unsavory or
2. Clean out the trunk of your vehicle, especially if you will be
transporting bulk valuables
3. If you have a vehicle without enclosed storage (i.e., trunk), make
sure you can secure your valuables where the contents cannot be
easily seen and perceived as important
4. Make sure your vehicle is in good working order with safe tires
and plenty of gas - a vehicle break down makes you more vulnerable
5. If you are taking any collectible reference materials (show flyers,
coin magazines, red books, etc.) with you to the show, place them in
an unmarked bag or briefcase
6. If you are taking any of your coins, currency or other valuables
such as bullion or jewelry to sell, trade or just to show someone, put
your items in an unmarked bag or box that will securely hold the
weight and not advertise the contents
7. Take unmarked containers (bags, boxes, briefcase) with you for
items you plan to buy - not all dealers will have unmarked bags or
boxes for you
8. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and make sure you take
it with you
9. Tell your family your plans to visit a coin show but do not share your
plans with people whom you do not fully trust
10. If possible, take a family member or friend with you - multiple
people are less vulnerable than just one
11. Be careful when discussing your coin show plans on blogs,
social networking sites or chat rooms on the internet - you never
know who is lurking on the ‘net - this also applies to your emails
that could be forwarded to characters who might take advantage
MOST IMPORTANT, if you take all the safety precautions and are
still confronted by criminals, give the criminals your valuables.
Those items may be valuable to you, but they are just things.
Things can be replaced. Injury, or worse - death, cannot be justified
Use these coin show security tips to: Be prepared. Be alert. Be aware. Above all, be safe.