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Extra security for silver keepsakes.

Whether it's your baby mug or antique candlesticks, silver pieces are prime targets for home burglars. "We had full replacement insurance on everything," one reader told us, "but when I realized that they'd gotten the tea service my grandmother brought with her from Stockholm, I just dissolved."

Here and on page 120, we show how three homeowners have taken extra security steps in storing their silver. The owners carry complete insurance, with each valuable piece recorded and photograhed. Each home also has a burglar alarm.

Most thieves work quickly and don't want to spend time dealing with hidden or locked storage compartments. The three systems shown here are designed to stall a burglar, theoretically making the silver so difficult to get at that he'll be discouraged from risking a prolonged attempt.

Double-door cabinet. Situated under a wet bar, tyhe cabinet shown in the photographs at the top of page 118 would likely be judged to hold bottled liquor. Even if the outer door, secured by a single lock, were forced open (one of the many alarm triggers in the house), two deadbolt locks on the interior door to the silver chest would take time to crack.

Camouflaged closet door. A painting partly obscures the door seam and hides the lock to the silver closet shown at bottom on page 118. Located in a dining room, the closet is close at hand when silver is needed. (Oddly enough, robbers tend not to look in any but the most obvious places in dining rooms. Bedrooms are normally hit hard and first, then dens and kitchens.)

The closet is lined with tarnish-retardant cloth, sold by the yard at large fabric stores or available by special order.

Steel-mesh lockup. Behind the wooden pantry doors at left, steel-mesh doors secure the owner's silver service. Hinges for the locking doors are welded to the steel frame and secured to the door frame with long, heavy woodscrews. Still, the owner is philosophical about the possibility of a break-in: "They'd need a blowtorch to cut through this, and all the while the alarm should be blaring away. If they get it anyway, I guess they've earned it!"
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