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7/23/2012 - Three frequently stolen collectibles


Those with coin collections or other collectibles should take security precautions.

While just about anything of value can be a target for thieves, some of the most common things that are stolen are collectibles. In light of this, PropertyCasualty360.com recently compiled a list of some of the most highly sought-after collectibles, most of which are covered under a standard homeowners insurance policy.

Not surprisingly, antiques are frequently pilfered by thieves for a variety of reasons, the main ones being that they can be worth a considerable amount of money and because they are generally hard for police officials to trace once they have been lifted, the website points out. This makes it easier to resell on the black market as well.

Baseball and sports cards in general may not be as popular as they once were, but they are still favored by thieves. The insurance website notes that very rare cards can be worth several thousands of dollars, but because they are so unique, reselling them may prove to be difficult, as experienced collectors may wonder how they were obtained to begin with.

Something else that has gained increasing favor with thieves is coin collections. In addition to their rarity, they are popular because the value of gold and silver has been increasing, making them simple to offload to potential buyers, the website stated.

To see the full list of top 10 collectibles at risk compiled by PropertyCasualty360.com, click here.

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