Video Surveillance for Museums
Monitoring activity in museums, where extremely valuable collections are often stored and displayed, is a necessary undertaking. High-priced works of art are prime targets for theft. The proper video surveillance system can go a long way in protecting a museum’s collections from acts of thievery and vandalism.
Benefits of Museum Surveillance Equipment
Easy installation – IP (Internet Protocol) surveillance technology offers easy-to-install systems with outstanding flexibility. Cameras can be positioned throughout the museum, communicating through an IP network with no need for complicated wiring setups.
Remote access – An NVR (network video recorder) allows for remote viewing over the Internet. Security workers can monitor surveillance footage and even control security cameras from any computer with Internet access.
Prevent theft – Security cameras can tightly monitor display areas, storage rooms, and other locations throughout a museum, watching for suspicious activity and potential theft.
Watch for employee theft – The threat of employee theft exists. Video surveillance keeps a close watch on all areas of a museum, and can deter employees from turning to the dark side.
Prevent vandalism – Unfortunately, defacement of art can be a problem in a museum, where pieces are displayed right within the public’s reach. Security cameras can deter such acts of vandalism and enable workers to spot potential threats.
Risks of Exhibition Security Cameras
Privacy – It’s beneficial to mount security cameras in wide array of location throughout a museum, however private areas such as bathrooms are considered by most to be off limits when it comes to video surveillance.
Vandalism and damage – Cameras mounted in public places could suffer potential damage from tampering. Backup security measures should be in place in case a camera signal is lost.