Security Resources on Collections Link
The Security section on Collections Link brings together resources and guidance which support museums and galleries to protect against loss from their collections as a result of damage from security threats such as theft, fire, flood. Given that these threats are an everyday reality, and that the resources to protect against them are always limited, anyone managing a collection will need to make informed and appropriate decisions about the control measures they use to protect against security threats.
The resources in the Security section on Collections Link section will help you to build your knowledge about threats to your collections so that you will be informed about the security solutions available to you, and will be able to work with security experts to make choices in your forward planning from a position of knowledge about your own circumstances.
Resources in this section include links to publications, audio files, case studies, specifications, security networks, and fact sheets.
If you have any security resources that you think would be helpful to colleagues please do upload them to this section of Collections Link. Similarly please do share your experience of security issues by adding your comments below any resources. If you have any questions about using Collections Link, contact the Collections Trust Online Manager, Simon Sheffield, on email@example.com
Managing Security Threats and Forward Planning
Decisions in your Forward Plans about the implementation of control measures, such as, for example, CCTV, or flood barriers, will always need to be informed by contextual knowledge about your collection and its environment, and be appropriate to your organisational mission, and the resources available.
Decision making will always be easier, and more effective, if a risk management approach is followed: essentially we are producing Forward Plans which identify security control measures as a result of balancing risk, resources and use.
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Once you have explored your own situation, and have a good understanding of security issues, you may want to seek further advice, as part of your continuous review and improvement of security measures.
As you improve your museum's security, you will be consulting with colleagues, both within your museum and in other museums. The more you share information, the more you will benefit from other's experience and lessons learned, and the more others will benefit from your knowledge.