Millions of dollars are lost every year by stolen, damaged or vandalized paintings. If you don’t want your own museum to become part of the statistics, you’ll need a high-quality surveillance system to protect your precious collection. Here are just a few reasons to consider a security upgrade if you haven’t already.
1: Criminals Are Getting Smarter
It’s the 21st century, and a simple surveillance camera pointed at the artwork isn’t enough to deter thieves anymore. They can use everything from heat sensors to electronic jammers to get away with priceless artifacts and prevent break-ins from being reported. If you’re serious about preserving your collection, you need a high-tech and reinforced security system.
2: Analog Systems Are Outdated
Traditional security systems come with wires, cords and connectivity issues that can be easily fixed by IP technology. For example, why bother with analog cameras that have to be physically and individually plugged into their servers? If you upgrade to brands like DCI security, you can put all of your cameras on a single server for enhanced security and lower monthly costs.
3: Cost Is Becoming Critical
The more visitors you have, the more maintenance, upkeep and security you’ll need for the facility. But what if you’re already on a tight budget? A high-tech security system will set you back an initial investment, but it will quickly pay for itself through its automated and remote surveying capabilities, saving you hundreds if not thousands in the long run.
4: Crime Is On the Rise
A Spanish woman made headlines in 2012 after defacing a 19th century fresco of Jesus Christ. The work had stood untainted for more than 100 years, but one determined woman with a brush ruined a classic. If a good security system had caught her in the act, perhaps the fresco could have been saved and the Sanctuary of Mercy Church could have prevented its future as a punchline.
5: Collectors Need Assurance
How do you convince an elderly art collector to part with a classic that’s been in his family for generations? You certainly won’t persuade him with a low-end security system. If you want to expand your collection or even get it on rotation for hosting rights, you’ll need top-tier anti-theft measures that can guarantee the safety of the goods.
These are just five reasons why museums might want to upgrade their security systems. Whether you’re an owner, operator or concerned security officer, it’s important to reinforce your surveillance before it’s too late.
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