Some peace of mind for art lovers

Alarm doubles as hook for your valuable works


If you've seen one too many reruns of the Thomas Crown Affair (the original version with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway was far superior), and you're of the paranoid ilk like us, you may very well be tempted to try out something like this to protect your precious oils and water colors. The "Guard Alarm" aims to provide security for hanging artwork directly at the source, rather than wiring the room they're in.

It screws into the wall, serving essentially as a "smart" hook--if a painting is removed, it sounds a "piercing, almost excruciating sound," according to SCI FI Tech, a noise apparently even worse than the incessant yapping of Paris Hilton's chihuahua, if that's possible. But unlike Tinkerbell, it should be noted, the alarm does serve a useful purpose.

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