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Heiko,

Let me add my condolences. All real collectors can imaging what you must be going through. It's our worst nightmare. I hope you will soon come to terms with your loss. I'm sure it won't be easy, but we are all pulling for you.

Regards,

Chip

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Heiko,

First I would like to say that I think this really sucks.... and I hope that those responsible are caught. Though here in the US they would only get a slap on the wrist and released ... not sure about the laws in Germany.

I would also suggest that you notify all of the big dealers and auctionhouses (i.e. weitze, thies etc) and let them know ... in the even that some tries to move them fast....

The more eyes that are looking.... the more territory that can be covered.

Cheers

Mark

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Gentlemen, why don't you keep your items in a safe deposit box? I never need to look at my stuff, the jpg photos on the screen are always enough for me?

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Gentlemen, why don't you keep your items in a safe deposit box? I never need to look at my stuff, the jpg photos on the screen are always enough for me?

Hallo Gents, :beer:

another idea would be to convert a steel gun safe for rifles, by putting in wooden frame with pull-out / sliding shelves to hold the medals and other items, the gun safe could be mounted in an out of the way place, like under the stairs, in a two story house, or an inconspicous corner in an appartment or single story dwelling and securely bolted to a wall to prevent removal.

Depending on the quality of the safe the price will vary, the more affluant, could afford to have a carpenter clad the outside in wood, to blend in with the room. :jumping:

Then before heading away for a weekend, holiday etc, the most valuable pieces could be locked away, this way you have some piece of mind and the chance to handle the items.

Kevin in Deva :beer:

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Hi,

Since this affair appears, I decide to put all of my important medals in a bank. I have in my house only 10 ribbon bars (I have got more than 100). It's a shame that we collectors have to protect all of your items like that. Maybe it's the only solution, or stop the collection. I don't want to stop it.

Regards

Christophe

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Hi,

Since this affair appears, I decide to put all of my important medals in a bank. I have in my house only 10 ribbon bars (I have got more than 100). It's a shame that we collectors have to protect all of your items like that. Maybe it's the only solution, or stop the collection. I don't want to stop it.

Regards

Christophe

my sympathies, that just ruines the fun of collection isn't it?

I like looking at my objects, smelling them(I know I'm a freak!) etc.

What's the fun if you have to put them in a bank nowadays.

I think these items are to recognisable for selling or showing (easy traced because most medal combinations can be traced to a certain person, escpecially these from high ranking military men).

I suspect someone has orderd someone(or did it himself) for his own collection.I can remember some cases where knights orders(with values of many thousands of euro's) etc. where stolen for a collector, if sold in the market, they will be found.

I can only recommend everyone with rare items to secure their house.I myself have alarm systems on the doors, windows and movement alarms and even camera's in the display rooms.

Put items behind glass, just make it a hard job to get it and they might loose interest.

Insurance companies will insure you're items(at least in my counrty) if you have adequate locks on you're doors (about 500 euro a piece), and believe me, all worth the expenses if you have a rare collection, or even for emotional damage.

I once had a break in at my shop, lucky for me they needed the Neighbours (a casino), they broke in at my place and went trough the wall(like in the movies),they where disturbed by the other Neighbours and they ran of, however I had a few items I was selling on my desk and they took it, not much value but it still sucks.You can't stop the pro's but at least make it tough and scare the ''normal'' burglars of.

If you ask me what to do with thieves: line them up and use some Imperial weapons on them!

Very sad and a dark day in collection history.

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