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Dynamically Securing Cultural Heritage

- When an asset is priceless and on display to the public, how can you balance protection and accessibility? Experts from London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, and the Van Gogh Museum of Amsterdam weigh in on the question.

Cultural Property Security: Protecting Museums, Historic Sites, Archives, and Libraries

- While the focus of this book is cultural property protection, the author uses a “paint by numbers” method that allows the reader to use the asset protection process in most, if not all, other areas requiring security.

Digital Edition Cover Story: Uncovering Art’s Dark Past

- Text-only version from February digital edition.  How museums try to uncover the origins of art to avoid buying or harboring stolen goods.

How Museums Secure Collections

- Museums face many security challenges, not the least of which is making sure that when they procure new works, they aren't unwittingly buying stolen property.

No Artistry In These Crimes

- Thanks to Hollywood, art thieves are imagined as suave playboys in dapper suits who drive sports cars on beachside roads by day and dance through motion detecting lasers in all black attire by night. The picture of a sophisticated thief who steals for the challenge of it or for a wealthy collector is mostly fiction, according to experts.

Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World's Stolen Treasures

- A former FBI special agent gives the ultimate insider look at the $6-billion-a-year art theft business.

Union of Murdered Guard Wanted Protective Vests

- The union of Stephen Tyrone Johns—the security guard allegedly murdered by white supremacist, James W. von Brunn—had lobbied Wackenhut Services Inc. for bulletproof vests for security guards at the Holocaust Museum, reports Fox News.

Gunman Kills Security Guard at Holocaust Museum

- An 88-year-old white supremacist is in custody for shooting and killing a security guard at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, today.

Insider Theft, Fires, and Vandals Top List of Museum Concerns

- Museums should address insider threats.

Art Heist in Zurich Significant in Terms of Money and Tactics

- A heist in broad daylight in Zurich may signal a new tactic being used by art thieves.

Special Protection for Special Collections

- Collections of irreplaceable objects like the Rosetta Stone are usually referred to as special collections, and they require unique security measures.

Preserving the Lost Art of War

- Find out how one security expert worked with the U.S. team sent in to advise the Iraqi National Museum.

A Touchy Subject for Museums

- Honesty isn't always the best policy, say museum security professionals exchanging ideas via a peer group electronic forum. Sometimes a white lie can work wonders. That's the case when it comes to the challenge of keeping curious or careless--and sometimes crazy--visitors from damaging the art.

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