Wat hebben Rudy Fuchs, Ruud Spruit, Gerard de Klein, Jelle Reumer en Emily Ansenk met elkaar gemeen?

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27/01/2014 – 09:47De naderende heropening van De Kunsthal te Rotterdam (1 februari 2014) na een ingrijpende verbouwing waarbij het klimaat en de beveiliging onder handen werden genomen, roept de publicitair wanstaltige toestand rondom de inbraak en diefstal van oktober 2012 weer in herinnering. Niet in het minst omdat de directrice van De Kunsthal onlangs in De Volkskrant verklaarde dat de beveiliging van De Kunsthal nu ‘goed’ is. Ansenk schaart zich in het rijtje directeuren van geslachtofferde musea die zich, nadat het fout ging, in de publiciteit ineens ontpopten als experts op het gebied van beveiliging en criminaliteit.Nog geen halve dag nadat een stelletje Roemeense losers kinderlijk eenvoudig wisten in te breken in De Kunsthal verklaarde Ansenk doodleuk dat de beveiliging van haar kunsthal ‘state of the art’ was. Een faux pas door emotie over de inbraak? Een vergeeflijke faux pas, ware het niet dat Ansenk in de dagen na die inbraak zowel in De Volkskrant als de NRC de strekking van dat ‘state of the art’ in andere woorden wederom benadrukte. In De Volkskrant werd ze geciteerd met “Er is geen aanleiding de beveiliging aan te passen”. Kan het nog zouter?Heb ik over dit gestuntel in de media al genoeg gezegd? Je zou het haast denken wanneer je de ingezonden brief van Raaskallende Ruudleest in de NRC van 23 oktober 2012. Spruit, want die Ruud is het, smeedt in zijn brief een band met de directeur van De Kunsthal, Emily Ansenk, waar – ik kan me niet anders voorstellen – Ansenk niet blij mee kan zijn. Ansenks buurman Jelle Reumer – directeur van het Rotterdamse Natuurhistorisch – sprong voor Ansenk en Raaskallende Ruud in de bres in een hysterische mail aan mij. Er ontplooit zich een trend, een trend die jaren geleden werd ingezet door Rudy Fuchs, chagrijnig fulminerend tegen een TV journalist nadat een schilderij van Picasso met een aardappelschilmesje was bewerkt door een bezoeker. Als museumdirecteur geef je na incidenten blijkbaar nooit toe dat de beveiliging gefaald heeft, of minstens kritisch onder de loep moet worden genomen, maar je schreeuwt stampvoetend uit dat die beveiliging ‘state of the art’ (Ansenk), ‘geavanceerd’ (Ruud Spruit) of zonder meer ‘goed’ (Fuchs) is. Om je woorden kracht bij te zetten, geef je desnoods de criminelen een compliment met hun ‘professionaliteit’ (Spruit). Er ligt terrein braak  voor mediatrainers..

Overigens vind ik niet dat in 1999 de beveiliging van het Stedelijk Museum onvoldoende was toen dat Picasso schilderij werd beschadigd. Niet de beveiliging faalde, maar Rudy Fuchs, niet bepaald bekend vanwege zijn bescheidenheid, faalde als woordvoerend directeur en viel als een amateur in de kuil die een volhardende journalist voor hem groef. Een pijnlijke TV vertoning.

Gerard de Klein, met in zijn kielzog conservator Yvonne Ploumen mailden mij ziedend van woede toen ik na de verwoestende brand in het Armando Museum in de pers verklaarde dat er onvoldoende afstemming was geweest tussen de gemeente Amersfoort, eigenaar van de Elleboogkerk waarin het museum gehuisvest was, en het museum. Hoe was het anders mogelijk dat men bezig ging met brandgevaarlijke dakwerkzaamheden terwijl het museum de belangrijkste tentoonstelling uit zijn bestaan had? Een tentoonstelling met kostbare bruiklenen die allemaal in de brand verloren gingen. Ik zou de relatie tussen het museum en de gemeente schade toebrengen met mijn opmerking in de pers, aldus Ploumen in een mail aan mij. Wie wat bewaart, die heeft wat. Mails als die van Ploumen zijn parels in mijn archief. Toen de gemeente Amersfoort de toezegging het museum te herbouwen heroverwoog, inmiddels sloeg ook in Nederland de financiële crisis toe, hadden De Klein noch Ploumen enige boodschap aan de relatie met de gemeente en gingen in de pers helemaal los over de onbetrouwbaarheid van de gemeente. De gemeente zou woordbreuk plegen.

Had die brand in het Armando Museum voorkomen kunnen worden? Natuurlijk. Strikt genomen kan, met uitzondering van brandstichting, iedere brand voorkomen worden. Had voorkomen kunnen worden dat de hele collectie verloren ging? Absoluut! Maar: er was vanuit het museum geen toezicht tijdens de werkzaamheden, het museum bezat geen calamiteitenplan met een onderdeel gewijd aan de collectie en er waren geen afspraken met de brandweer over het redden van de collectie, echter…De Klein en Ploumen wasten hun handen in onschuld en stelden zich als slachtoffers op. Ploumen mag nu de kar trekken bij het nieuwe, virtuele Armando Museum in Amelisweerd en Gerard de Klein vond onderdak als directeur in museumgoudA. Daar liet hij van zich spreken door de verkoop van een schilderij van Dumas en had hij in 2012 de pech dat er ingebroken werd en een kostbare monstrans gestolen. Het zit de man niet mee. Had die diefstal voorkomen kunnen worden? Ja. Treft Gerard de Klein hier blaam? Nee, maar ik ben wel nieuwsgierig wat de beste man gedaan heeft om herhaling te voorkomen.

Jelle Reumer van het Natuurhistorisch vond in zijn eerder genoemde arrogante en hysterische mail aan mij dat ik mijn pijlen niet moest richten op zijn buurvrouw van De Kunsthal, maar op de overheid die beknibbelt op budgetten waardoor de musea niet goed beveiligd kunnen worden. Het deed mij goed te lezen dat ook Jelle Reumer van mening is dat de musea niet ‘state of the art’, of geavanceerd beveiligd zijn. Echter, had de inbraak en diefstal door neushoorndieven in zijn museum iets te maken met teruglopende budgetten? Niets, helemaal niets. Het was de inertie van Reumer die deze diefstal mogelijk maakte. Vanuit zijn museum – er schort in het museum iets aan de loyaliteit met directeur Reumer – bereikte mij de informatie dat Jelle Reumer een waarschuwing door de politie terzijde had gelegd en geweigerd had de neushoorns te voorzien van replica hoorns. Een stap die in Naturalis terecht wel genomen werd toen wereldwijd een hausse aan inbraken plaatsvond in natuurhistorische musea.

Wat hebben Rudy Fuchs, Ruud Spruit, Gerard de Klein, Jelle Reumer en Emily Ansenk met elkaar gemeen?

De beveiliging van het Westfries Museum was, wat Raaskallende Ruud dan ook beweerde, ver onder de maat. Ruud verwaarloosde die beveiliging jarenlang en sloeg waarschuwingen van zijn beveiligingsinstallateur jaar na jaar in de wind. “We gaven feitelijk nooit aandacht aan de beveiliging” verklaarde zijn conservator ooit tijdens een receptie. Maar, Ruud mocht ondanks aantoonbaar falen op zijn post blijven.

De Klein verwaarloosde zijn verantwoordelijkheid als directeur van het Armando Museum en verzuimde, hoewel zijn museum deelnam aan een door het Mondriaanfonds gesubsidieerd project, te zorgen voor een calamiteitenplan voor zijn museum. Maar, Gerard mocht ondanks aantoonbaar falen op zijn post blijven.

De beveiliging van De Kunsthal, dat was geen nieuws, was onvoldoende en er werden geen aanvullende maatregelen getroffen toen er een kostbare tentoonstelling werd ingericht. Maar, Emily mocht ondanks aantoonbaar falen en domme presentaties in de publiciteit op haar post blijven.

Jelle Reumer weigerde de in zijn museum aanwezige hoorns van neushoorns te beveiligen, maar ook Jelle, het wordt eentonig, mocht ondanks aantoonbaar falen op zijn post blijven.

Werd Rudy Fuchs gecorrigeerd nadat hij zo onhandig manoeuvreerde in een TV interview? Niet dat ik weet…misschien achter de schermen?

Zo lang eindverantwoordelijken niet op hun verantwoordelijkheid worden aangesproken en aantoonbaar falen geen consequenties heeft, zal het aanmodderen blijven met de beveiliging van musea.

Ton Cremers

27 januari 2014

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June 2nd, 2012

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Protect your precious works of art: anti-theft picture hanging system

May 31, 2012 Eindhoven, The Netherlands

In recent years, STAS picture hanging systems has confirmed its status as the world’s most innovative manufacturer of high-quality picture hanging systems time and time again. The company offers numerous solutions to help you hang your pictures safely, flexibly and elegantly.

STAS’ leading position is underlined by the fact that it supplies to the most prestigious museums, galleries, universities and government bodies, etc. worldwide.

The STAS j-rail max picture hanging system has been specially designed for heavy paintings. It’s a simple and massively strong system. The highly effective, thick-walled aluminium profile is capable of supporting loads of up to no less than 220 lbs per linear meter. The system consists of a rail that mounts on the wall, hanging hooks and suspending rods that connect the hook to the rail.

 

The STAS j-rail max system combines flexible picture hanging and protection against theft. With the aid of several accessories this rail can be converted into a theft deterrent system. These accessories include the STAS j-rail max security hook, security suspension rod and security cap. The security hook can be closed with a screw, to prevent someone removing the picture from the hook. The suspension rod can be fixed to the rail with the security cap to protect it from theft.

 

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April 10th, 2012

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Norwich Castle Museum defends its security set-up

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http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/01042012-norwich-castle-security

April 2, 2012

Lord Nelson artefacts stolen from museum only weeks after rhino horn theft is thwarted

Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service has defended its security arrangements at Norwich Castle Museum following the theft in February of five items linked to Lord Nelson.

Objects including a 19th-century gold mourning ring, a box of medallions and a saucer from Nelson’s tea service were reported stolen by a member of the public.

A gang also attempted to steal a rhinoceros horn from the museum in February, but staff and a group of visiting curators foiled the attempted theft.

Jonathan Dunning, branch secretary of the Unison union, said: “It did come to Unison’s notice that at least one former interpreter, now visitor services assistant, brought the issue of the lack of gallery invigilation to the notice of the Norwich museums manager a week or so before the rhino horn incident, so there are certainly staff concerns on this matter.”

Vanessa Trevelyan, head of Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service, stressed that there had been no reduction in security and invigilation personnel following a staff restructuring.

She added: “We have recently been given a clean bill of health by the national museums security adviser.

“Prior to the theft of the Nelson material, we had already placed an order for additional CCTV coverage in some galleries as part of a general upgrade in our security systems.”

Trevelyan said a full security review would be undertaken.

Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service needs to save £650,000 over four years. In February, councillors rejected plans to switch the service to trust status.

Meanwhile, two Buddha statues were stolen from the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Holywood, County Down, in February. Three men smashed a glass cabinet and removed the figurines, which date from the mid- to late-19th century. Police are still seeking the objects.

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January 2nd, 2012

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Gent by Honeywell solution for The Wallace Collection

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Gent by Honeywell solution for The Wallace Collection

The prestigious national art museum, The Wallace Collection, will be one of the first buildings to install the Gent by Honeywell new hybrid radio fire alarm system.
Gent will supply its new Plexus system as part of the museum’s ongoing refurbishment programme.

Kent based fire specialist, D Tecta Fire will supply, install and commission the system for the historic four storey building, the solution including a hard wired Gent Vigilon analogue system in a number of public areas, linked to loop powered radio transceivers supporting wireless devices in public areas.

The allows for the least disruptive installation of a replacement fire system in the fully operational building.

The site’s radio signal strength is limited due to the nature of the building which is why the technology of the Plexus system lends itself to this particular project.

Plexus enables each wireless device to act as a transceiver and create the opportunity for a range of transmission paths with other nearby devices.

The longest radio link is therefore never more than one device away, which forms a network built up of varying lines of communication. This reduces the risk of loss of device communication due to radio dead spots in the building.

Plexus has a single common panel as the point of control for hard wired and wireless devices which enhances operational control and management of the fire alarm system. Sensing technology developed for the Gent S-Quad sensor range means that once the system is installed, it will minimise unwanted false alarms.

Plexus will be installed in The Wallace Collection early in 2012 and the installations will be phased with the hardwired core element being installed first.

A successful radio survey was carried out using the Plexus equipment within the exhibition areas in the museum prior to the planned installation.

 

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Un an après le vol au Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris
http://www.artclair.com/site/archives/docs_article/85443/un-an-apres-le-vol-au-musee-d-art-moderne-de-la-ville-de-paris.php 


PARIS [23.05.11] – Un an après le vol au Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, la ville a alloué une enveloppe de 8 millions d’euros pour des travaux de mise en conformité des musées. Les tableaux sont toujours dans la nature. 

Dans la nuit du 19 au 20 mai 2010, un voleur s’introduisait dans le Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (MAM), en coupant simplement un cadenas et en descellant une fenêtre. Il en ressortait avec cinq toiles de maîtres sous le bras, d’une valeur estimée à plus de 100 millions d’euros. Bien que l’enquête policièren’ait pas beaucoup avancée depuis, cette effraction a permis de mettre en évidence des défaillances au niveau de la sécurité des œuvres et de la surveillance du bâtiment. Ces faiblesses ont permis de repenser la sécurité des 14 musées municipaux de Paris.

Un réaménagement d’urgence de la surveillance a été fait, en augmentant le nombre de rondes de nuit et en faisant appel à des sociétés privées de gardiennage pour le musée Carnavalet et le MAM. Six techniciens des services culturels ont aussi été embauchés pour encadrer les services de sécurité, selon Le Parisien.

Pour réaliser des travaux de mise en conformité des musées, la Ville de Paris a mis à disposition 8 millions d’euros. Ces mesures ont déjà des conséquences, puisque, selon Fabrice Hergott, directeur du MAM, les prêteurs d’œuvres sont plus rassurés. Il se dit d’ailleurs satisfait de la rapidité de la réouverture du musée après un tel incident, soit seulement trois semaines plus tard

 

 

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Un an après le vol au Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris – Site Artclair – 23 mai 2011.

May 29th, 2011

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Tate puts sunflower seeds off limits due to health concerns
http://theartnewspaper.com/articles/Tate+puts+sunflower+seeds+off+limits+due+to+health+concerns/21723
The museum announced this morning that visitors can no longer walk over Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s installation because of fears of creating ceramic dust

By Anny Shaw | Web only
Published online 15 Oct 10 (News)

A child plays with the porcelain seeds in Tate’s Turbine Hall

Ai Weiwei’s Turbine Hall installation of 100 million hand-made porcelain sunflower seeds, which visitors were invited to trample over, has been declared off limits because of health and safety fears over ceramic dust. Museum-goers will now only be able to view the Tate commission from the bridge above the hall.

In a statement released this morning Tate said: “Although porcelain is very robust, the enthusiastic interaction of visitors has resulted in a greater than expected level of dust in the Turbine Hall. Tate has been advised that this dust could be damaging to health following repeated inhalation over a long period of time. In consequence, Tate, in consultation with the artist, has decided not to allow visitors to walk across the sculpture.”

Members of staff who raked over the installation during the opening on Monday night wore masks to protect themselves from the dust, which rose in plumes as they moved over the sculpture.

However, according to Ai Weiwei, Tate had expressed concern when it became apparent people were pocketing the ceramic seeds prior to the closure of the hall yesterday. “They are afraid that if it continues, people might not be able to see the the same exhibition in a month,” he said at the VIP opening of Frieze Art Fair. Somewhat presciently, when asked whether he was anxious about visitors to the Tate filling their pockets, he quipped that he was only worried people might try to eat them and then sue the Tate if they fell ill.

The closure of the Turbine Hall comes as former Tory minister Lord Young’s health and safety review, which aims to restore common sense to Britain’s compensation culture, was published this morning. The report highlighted a “growing fear” among business owners of having to pay out for unreasonable claims.

October 18th, 2010

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Row after security breach at art gallery
http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/home-news/row-after-security-breach-at-art-gallery-1.1060429

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One of Scotland’s top attractions is at the centre of a security breach row after staff found tourists wandering around inside while the building was closed to the public.

Early morning cleaners at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow, home to one of the most prestigious – and valuable – civic art collections in Europe, found the group wandering through the venue after they walked in through a door that had been left unlocked.

Staff, who were taken aback by the intrusion, insist the elevated entrance, facing the car park and Glasgow University, was supposed to have been locked from the night before and that no-one had been near it in the short time they were in the museum.

They have also said keys for the north entrance were found where they had been left the previous night and that the only explanation is a major security blunder.

However, Glasgow Life, which runs the city’s art galleries, museums and sports facilities, while admitting the breach, has told The Herald the doors could only have been left unlocked for a maximum of two hours.

The agency believes early morning cleaners were to blame and that fail-safes are in place to ensure that no door is left unlocked while the museum is closed to the public. The Herald understands that none of the cleaners has faced disciplinary action over the lapse.

The museum, some of whose treasures are worth several million pounds each, including Rembrandts, Renaissance masterpieces and jewels of French impressionism, had hosted a function until late the previous evening and was on the final day of an acclaimed exhibition by The Glasgow Boys.

Sources say staff apprehended the group, believed to be overseas backpackers, around 8.25am on Sunday, September 26, almost three hours before public opening, and the only door opened that morning was an employees’ entrance.

Bolts on the door the intruders used to gain entrance are said to have been in place but snibs left unlocked.

One member of staff said: “No-one was anywhere near the [public] doors that morning. To all intents and purposes they were locked, but these people must have checked the doors because they opened straight away for them.”

Another source said: “It’s a good job the Salvador Dali is currently on loan in the US or it would be in a student bedsit in Byres Road by now. Da Vinci’s Madonna of the Yarnwinder was stolen in a second, as was Munch’s the Scream in Norway. An opportunity certainly presented itself.”

Unions have blamed the private security firm brought in during the ongoing industrial dispute engulfing Glasgow Life for the security lapse but the agency accused unions of “mischief-making”.

Glasgow Life has insisted all locks were in place as fail-safes ensure the museum cannot be secured without them, while doors were checked throughout the night.

A Glasgow Life spokesman said: “Some members of the public gained access to Kelvingrove before the stated opening hours. They were immediately identified and left the premises. There were upwards of 30 staff on-site and at no time was there any threat to the gallery or our collections.” Four years ago, a drunken guest at a high-profile party held in Kelvingrove Galleries sparked a 3am security scare after falling asleep in the toilets, triggering the alarm system when he woke and alerting the police.

In 2002, it emerged a private security firm was being hired to patrol the grounds of the museum at a rate of £600 a night because newly installed floodlights were too bright for the £60,000 CCTV system.

The previous year, thieves tried a commando-style break-in, scaling the walls with ropes, but fled empty-handed after being spotted by a passer-by.

October 9th, 2010

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September 27th, 2010

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Egyptian officials sent to court in Van Gogh theft
http://af.reuters.com/article/topNews/idAFJOE6850H520100906

Mon Sep 6, 2010 2:12pm GMT

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s general prosecutor said on Monday he had referred 11 officials from the Culture Ministry to a Cairo court to be charged with negligence that led to the theft of a Van Gogh painting worth an estimated $55 million.

The painting, known in Egypt as “Poppy Flower” and listed on art websites as Vase with Viscaria, was stolen last month from the Egyptian capital’s Mahmoud Khalil Museum, home to one of the Middle East’s finest collections of 19th- and 20th-century art.

The prosecutor referred the officials to a court in Dokki, the central Cairo neighbourhood where the museum is located, he said in a statement. The court’s first session is scheduled for September 14.

The Mahmoud Khalil museum houses works assembled by Mohammed Mahmoud Khalil, a politician who died in 1953, and includes paintings by Gauguin, Monet, Manet and Renoir, as well as the Dutch post-Impressionist master Van Gogh.

An early investigation of the theft showed “flagrant shortcomings” in security, with only seven out of 43 security cameras working properly, state media said.

Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris has offered a 1-million Egyptian pound reward for information leading to the recovery of the painting.

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September 7th, 2010

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Gardeners to guard museum?
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata-/Gardeners-to-guard-museum/articleshow/6309033.cms

Caesar Mandal, TNN, Aug 14, 2010, 06.28am IST

KOLKATA: Are sweepers, gardeners and contract labourers guarding the priceless artifacts in Indian Museum? Shocking but true, say some officials of the country’s oldest museum. What’s more, security gadgets at the heritage institution are either defunct or under-utilised and just about anyone can enter without a security check.

It seems the authorities have learnt little from the theft of a Buddha bust in December 2004. Apparently someone simply lifted the glass case and walked out with the Sarnath antique during visiting hours. The CBI still has a Rs 1 lakh reward for the recovery of this bust.

Officially, Indian Museum has a three-tier security system. The museum’s own security staff are in charge of the inner circle galleries, exhibits and the main building. The outer circle which includes the premises, and entry and exit points are managed by a private security agency. Kolkata Police is in charge of peripheral security.

Some years ago, 73 ex-servicemen were recruited along with nine inspector-ranked officers for the inner security in accordance with central government norms. Their number has dwindled to 42 in 15 years or so. The vacancies were never filled up.

The museum authorities have made up for the deficit with one gardener, eight sweepers and 12 labourers hired from a private agency with expertise in handling waste, an official admitted. They have no training to handle security gadgets and are even less informed about their duty.

The equipment, too, is not quite to the mark. Soon after the Buddha bust thief, 47 walkie talkies were bought to ensure close contact between security staff. But a major scam was detected soon after the purchase. Some officials had allegedly bought the gadgets at inflated prices. The case is now under CBI investigation.

And what about the walkie talkies? Security personnel admit that only six are in use and they have no idea about the rest. Two of the three door-frame metal detectors were found defunct, said an official.

The biggest oversight, perhaps, has been the under utilisation of CCTVs in each gallery. Strangely, the hidden eyes work only during working hours. “A government agency has been assigned to monitor the CCTV footage but its personnel work only during the day. Beyond working hours, the cameras remain shut,” said an employee of the museum. If a theft occurs at night, there will be no video footage of the crime.

That’s not the only after-hours security lapse. The museum’s second gate on Sudder Street is left open 24 hours. ” Group D staff and their families, who have their quarters inside the premises, freely use the Sudder Street entrance. There are no identity cards for them so outsiders can enter with ease,” alleged Saibal Chakraborty, secretary of Joint Platform Action, an employees’ union at Indian Museum. “We have repeatedly informed the chief security officer about the lapses, but he remains indifferent,” Chakraborty complained.

Museum director Dr K K Basa does not deny that there are problems. “We have reviewed the security system and decided to hand it to CISF. They will take charge very soon,” said Basa. He also admitted to the problem of outsiders entering the museum. “We have planned an alternate entrance for the employees to segregate the quarters from the premises. We have finalised the plan for updating internal security and it will be implemented soon,” said Basa.

Read more: Gardeners to guard museum? – Kolkata – City – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata-/Gardeners-to-guard-museum/articleshow/6309033.cms#ixzz0wcGccxKI

August 14th, 2010

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July 30th, 2010

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American Museum of Natural History seeks to sell 35 High-Sec. Cases

Specs:
Rated at 45 minute anti theft. 3/4 poly (polycarbonate), with 1/2″ glass between

Description:
35 high security cases used for the American Museum of Natural History’s diamonds exhibit
Note: the sale of the cases does not include any rights to use the graphics, images, or content of the exhibition.

Price:
Group valued at total of $50,000 + shipping from Chicago
Can be sold individually
“room for negotiations”

Contact:
Keri Cavanaugh
Manager, Traveling Exhibitions
Global Business Development

Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, New York 10024
PHONE: (212)769-5123; FAX: (212)769-5255
E: kcavanaugh@amnh.org

June 11th, 2010

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AMC to install CCTV cameras at museum
http://www.ahmedabadmirror.com/article/3/2010060620100606034709645c84be420/AMC-to-install-CCTV-cameras-at-museum.html

Aghast at a rare 18th century coin going missing from the museum at Sanskar Kendra in broad daylight, civic authorities order an inquiry

By Zahid Qureshi and Ruturaj Jadhav
Posted On Sunday, June 06, 2010 at 03:47:09 AM

Shocked by the theft of a rare and priceless 18th century gold coin from the museum at Paldi, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

A meeting of senior officials held on Friday night also decided to install CCTV cameras that will cover the entire museum in view of the rare and ancient coins and artifacts at the museum.

The daylight theft of the rare 1748 coin released during Mughal Emperor Mohammad Shah’s era has woken up the officials to the need to enhance security to guard the city’s heritage.

Another rare artifact at the museum Besides the stolen coin, the museum boasts of the other rare coins, paintings, artifacts and paintings which serve as a reminder of a bygone era.

An inquiry into the theft at the museum is being carried out in a hush-hush manner. In fact, on Friday the officials at the museum were not prepared to give details of the missing coin.

The big question that the AMC needs to answer is that are four caretakers including security enough to take care of a museum that has such invaluable and priceless objects.

According to sources, “City museum has a staff of four caretakers. Of which one is on leave. At the time of the incident only one person was present in the museum. According to the rules, at any given time two caretakers should be present in the museum.”

Confirming the decision taken at the meeting to instal CCTV cameras to cover every inch of the museum, Deputy Municipal Commissioner S K Langha said, “We will ensure that every corner of the museum is monitored by closed circuit television cameras.”

Ellisbridge police recorded statements of museum officers on Saturday and started the investigation. Investigating Officer, P D Solanki said “We have taken statements of some museum officials and are investigating the case thoroughly.”

June 6th, 2010

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