Our owner Daniel O’Farrell was interviewed by the BBC about the Hatton Garden robbery.
As a second-generation Hatton Garden jeweller, who incidentally had a safety deposit box in the infamous Hatton Garden Safety Deposit based at 88-90 Hatton Garden, he was perfectly placed to offer insight into the effect the robbery has had on some of the Hatton Garden jewellers and dealers, as well as the effect on Hatton Garden itself.
With the majority of the publicity around raid focussed on the sensational nature of the robbery, with one of the 9 arrested an OAP of 76; the plight of the lesser known victims of the raid has been relatively unheard.
While nearly all the victims of the raid have chosen to stay silent on their plight to the media, behind the scenes the severity of the impact on the victims is well known. Many of the smaller independent goldsmith and dealers were either uninsured or under-insured and have lost everything. Others have had irreplaceable items stolen, either in the context of customers rings they had in for repair or resizing, or stock they have taken years or generations to build.
On the positive side, the robbery has put Hatton Garden back on the map. Whereas there has been a trend towards younger millennial shoppers heading to shopping centres and retail parks and buying mass produced branded jewellery, they have realised there is another option and for a higher quality, UK hand-made item of jewellery they will actually pay less by coming to see a Hatton Garden Jeweller such as Daniel Christopher. Footfall has steadily increased and every day we are being asked ‘where the robbery was’ or ‘did you have anything stolen in the raid?’
Daniel has previously been interviewed by the Financial Times for his insight into the impact of the robbery and how, as a user of the safety deposit box the process of claiming your possessions was handled. To read the full article click here, or follow this link:
The below footage was taken by Daniel on the day he was allowed to re-enter the safety deposit following the removal of the police cordon. This is one of the first videos taken inside the deposit box and clearly shows the numerous opened boxes, as well as the ‘hole in the wall’!