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Common Security Risks Associated With Art Exhibitions

With Design Week almost upon Miami, Pro-Secur will be preparing security for the various art exhibitions coming to town. In many cases, this is because criminals expect security protocols at these events to be minimal or non-existent. Today, we’ll look at a few of the most common challenges that security teams are faced with at these events.

High-Value Items

Design Week is upon Miami and Pro-Secur guards are gearing up to provide security at various exhibitions coming to town. Today, we’ll look at a few of the most common challenges that security face at art events.

High-Value Items

Art theft isn’t nearly as uncommon as you might think and sometimes it happens where you least expect it. Earlier this year, a painting valued at $800 was stolen from a Taco Bell in Westlake, Ohio and just two months prior, a number of sculptures were stolen from the Denver Botanical Gardens and later stashed in a nearby corn field.

 

Remember: no venue – not even a Taco Bell in Northern Ohio – is immune to art theft.

Video Surveillance in Large Spaces

Exhibition spaces tend to have large, open floor plans that allow visitors to step back and get a good view of the art on display. A large floor plan also means a large number of visitors, and the more guests, the more difficult it becomes for guards to spot suspicious individuals. When held at indoor venues, exhibitions should always be monitored by surveillance cameras. In the event of a theft, video footage of the event could help authorities identify suspects that manage to blend into the crowds in attendance. Cameras should face the artwork as well as the exits  and nearby parking areas.

Open Door Policies

Art exhibitions are generally open to the public. Guests are allowed to come in and view the artwork at their leisure. When there’s less control over who walks in and out of an exhibition there should be increased surveillance at the entrances and exits. This increases the chances of your security team identifying suspicious individuals entering the fair and keeping criminals inside in the event of a theft.

Lack of an After-Hours Security Presence

In most cases, art thefts occur after an exhibition has been closed to the public . Security guards and security cameras not only serve as a powerful theft deterrent during off-hours, but can also assist local law enforcement in identifying a suspect in case of a break-in.

Almost ready to unveil your next big art exhibition? The team at Pro-Secur can work with you to develop an effective, efficient plan to keep your event safe and secure. Give us a call today for more information.

 

Sources

  1. https://www.apollo-magazine.com/what-makes-a-museum-secure/
  2. http://www.newsweek.com/2014/07/18/after-drugs-and-guns-art-theft-biggest-criminal-enterprise-world-260386.html
  3. news.artnet.com/…/art-heist-at-ohio-taco-bell-277971
  4. news.artnet.com/…/dale-chihuly-artwork-thieves-in-custody-229454

 

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