Security in Museums – Recommendations from experts


A 10-million-Eurotheft in Rotterdam shows again the high risk for cultural heritage – CFPA  Europe publishes a European guideline for Security in museums including solutions recommended from experts from all over Europe.

Ten million Euro theft in less than one hour: that is the value of the seven master pieces of Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and others that have been stolen from the Kunsthalle Rotterdam in October 2012. Allegedly inadequate security measures helped the thieves.

Museums and showrooms are places of aesthetic visualisation of cultural creativity that serve as trustees of our cultural heritage. As sites that collect, preserve, exhibit and explain art and culture, they often house unique objects, either on a permanent or temporary basis, many of which are irreplaceable and extremely valuable.Museums and showrooms therefore have a special responsibility: they need to protect the “objects d’art” and collectors’ items entrusted to them from a plethora of risks in the best possible manner. This applies to small as well as large museums.

Therefore CFPA-Europe has developed a European guideline dealing with this challenge: “Security Guidelines for Museums and Showrooms”. TheseGuidelines provide assistance to operators of museums and showrooms as well as to the risk carriers (e.g. insurers). It helps identifying risks and developing strategies facing these risks.

The objective of these Security Guidelines is to make operators and supporters of museums, security services, planners and authorities e.g. the police aware of the various risks as well as the different options of security technology with a view to burglary/theft, fire protection and protection from natural hazards and water damage inmuseums and showrooms. They provide non-binding recommendations to parties involved fordeveloping an effective protection strategy (structural/organisational/electronic) against the risks outlined here.

The guideline is available for free download here

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