Police crime prevention: Museum security

SCHMEISSNER GmbH presents comprehensive security options for works of art.

What is the Police Crime Prevention Programme of the Federal States and the Federation (ProPK)?

"The German police, from the Federal Criminal Police Office to the police station in a small town, educate people about crime risks, give safety tips to protect themselves from crime - and provide information for crime victims on individual offences, on rights as a victim, compensation possibilities as well as on the course of criminal proceedings. Along with law enforcement, prevention is one of the most important tasks of the police."

More information on police crime prevention is available here.

Federal-Länder cooperation on prevention is also manifold. Last week, for example, a top-class course on museum security was held at the Police College in Bautzen as part of the cross-state further training programme for police officers from the states of Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony. This course was aimed specifically at colleagues from the technical prevention departments, who were to be trained in dealing with art objects. Schmeissner GmbH was invited as a speaker to address the variety of security options for art objects and to present them in a professional manner.

The importance of the security of art objects in museums and other cultural institutions cannot be overemphasised. The preservation and protection of cultural heritage is of enormous importance and it requires specific expertise to implement appropriate security measures. The Museum Security course at the Police College in Bautzen represents an important building block in familiarising police officers with the latest methods and techniques for securing art objects and classifying the topic of security in relation to the diverse issues of a museum.

Our aim was to show the participants a wide range of security options for art objects that meet the specific requirements of museums and exhibition spaces. The lecture covered various aspects of museum security, including in particular the electronic monitoring of pictures, showcases and objects. Participants gained insights into the latest innovations and technologies on the market to develop effective security strategies and identify potential threats. Through the practical demonstration of the techniques and products and the lively exchange of advisory experiences within the group, they were able to deepen their understanding and gain valuable knowledge for use in their daily work.

However, it was incredibly enriching not only for the participants but also for us to talk about the consultations with curators, artists, planners and technicians. Taking new perspectives and sharing experiences facilitates the understanding of the different roles, goals and wishes for the consultants and products. This leads to greater understanding, more appropriate solutions and thoughtful protection of valuable art. Many thanks for the invitation Prevention Office of the Saxon Police!

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