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.