Whitney Houston's resting place under armed-guard watch as grave robbers target 300,000 jewels singer was buried with
Armed security guards have been placed at Whitney Houston's grave to prevent grave robbers from plundering 300,000 worth of jewels and clothing the singer was buried in.
Round-the-clock guards are protecting the plot at the Fairview Cemetery in New Jersey, despite the area being closed to the general public earlier this week.
A source told the Daily Star: 'There is a very genuine fear that her coffin will be targeted by grave robbers.
Security alert: Fears over grave robbers targeting Whitney Houston's grave has led to round-the-clock armed guard protection (guard at right of picture)
'It would be hard for them to actually dig her casket up, but that won’t stop psychotic fans or people who think it could make them money.
'The fact she was buried with such valuable jewellery is just an invitation to sickos.
'It’s ironic that Whitney, who was most famous for The Bodyguard movie when she was alive, has to have bodyguards even in death.'
The I Will Always Love You singer, who died on February 11 aged 48, is understood to have been buried in a gold lined casket worth upwards of 10,000, and wearing a diamond brooch and earrings.
Shut down: The cemetery has been closed to the general public after it was overwhelmed with traffic
Fears: Houston was buried in a rumoured 300,000 worth of jewels
The overwhelming number of fans
paying visits to the grave following Houston's burial on February 19
forced official to close the cemetery to the public indefinitely.
Captain Cliff Auchter said that overcrowding and traffic congestion led
to the decision. 'It's a private property, and it's up to them to make
that decision,' he told reporters.
'It was done in light of the overcrowding that occurred. The cemetery is a maze of very small roads, so if two cars come face to face, you have a Mexican standoff.'
The situation is being evaluated on a daily basis, the Police Captain added, and those with relatives buried on the site will not be affected by the ban.
Meanwhile a source close to the late singer's family spoke of their rage at the publication of Whitney in her coffin by The National Enquirer.
'Seeing Whitney at a funeral home for the final time was a very intimate moment for her closest relatives, and that's exactly how it should have been kept,' the Mirror quoted the source. 'For a magazine to be profiting from their grief is a disgrace.
Houston was found dead in the bath of her Beverly Hilton hotel room on February 11.