Hi - I’m afraid there is always more to add to this subject!
I use a p.o. box address and give a very vague description of
where my studio is. I like the reply that spoke of not
specifying that the studio is at home. In my basement, if
someone were to peek in the street side window, they would think
it was solely a laundry room (camouflage effect!). The one time I
am extremely cautious is when there has to be work done on the
house. It is really hard - if I’m in the middle of a deadline -
not to be at the bench. But, say with the termite people - or
when we had the house painted and even if we have yard help - I
don’t let on what work I do. I’ll even cover the bench with a
blanket and definitely hide any raw materials and lock things in
the safe. Where I am, most of the break-ins are drug related and
I don’t trust the workers to be drug free from experience. I’m
sure word travels if there is a good house to hit. So, I keep very
mum. In the phone book, we only have a phone # - no address.
That’s all. I know a jeweler I worked for locally was robbed in a
big way 2x, and one time they even hauled the big safe. These
robberies occurred at the shop location. Last fall - across from
our fine arts coop - in a nice upscale small shopping mall - the
cafe had their safe stolen (large heavy one) from an inner
barricade. There was major construction on an upstairs restaurant
at the time and everyone figures it had to be an inside job. The
mall even has a very good security watch. Nowhere is really
totally safe - but we can be as smart as possible. I personally
have been robbed at gunpoint at a small health store several
years ago, and all I can say is trust your sixth sense. When I
do a public event - guild fair - I never walk to my car with
anything valuable. Wait til the car is close.
It is good to be smart - but not to live in fear.