Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Largest Art Robbery In History And Museum Security

Effective outdoor perimeter security is paramount for outdoor sites - anything from the Great Pyramids of Giza to electrical substations, factories, airports and more. However, for some sites they have to focus just as much attention on securing the inside of their buildings. Museums, art galleries and warehouses all have valuable contents that must be protected against theft.

This is exemplified in an announcement made earlier this year when the reward for information leading to the recovery of works of art stolen 17 years ago in Boston was doubled from $5 million to $10 million.

In the early hours of 18 March 1990, thieves broke into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and made off with 13 works of art. None of the 13 works have as yet been recovered.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Now 13 pieces of art may not sound like a large theft but these were no ordinary pieces.

They included the following paintings:
Rembrandt's Storm on the Sea of Galilee (his only seascape)

With the artworks having an estimated combined worth of $500 million, the theft is currently classed as the largest private property theft in history!

Let us hope that the works are eventually recovered and find their way back to where they belong in an environment where they can be fully appreciated by the public.

In the meantime, if you want to learn more about effective museum security systems please visit our dedicated page here where we discuss the case study of the Burrell Collection and how we devised protection for its paintings and glass cabinets.


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Round The Bend With A Curved Electric Fence

Most people are familiar with the idea of electric fence security and if you do a Google search for images of it you will typically see pictures of straight lines of perimeter fencing with electric fencing mounted on top.

The perimeter fence might be metal palisade .....

Metal palisade fence with electric fencing installed
Or it could be a weldmesh fence ....

Weldmesh fence with electric fencing installed

Changes Of Direction In Fencing

Perimeter fences, however, are not just straight lines. They have changes of direction, usually 90 degrees. A typical outdoor site with a perimeter fence will be square or rectangular in shape. So the when the fence has a change of direction it will usually be 90 degrees in each instance.

90 degree internal direction change
Occasionally there will be different angles involved in the fence line, such as in this example below where the direction change is relatively minimal but nevertheless significant for the electric fence installer.

Small direction change within an electrified weldmesh fence

Curved Electric Fence

Security electric fencing can easily cope with this but what about sites which have a more complex shape to their perimeter? The fence might even have curves, such as this vehicle compound where the perimeter curves right round a bend following the line of the adjacent road.

Curved electric fence (roadside view)

Close-up view of electric fence on a curved palisade fence
As land available for development becomes increasingly difficult to find, many new premises have to accept an unusual shape to their perimeter. Their security, however, need not be compromised because of this. The flexibility of our security electric fencing ensures an effective solution.