Security Solutions for Art Galleries and Dealers
Museum-Grade Protection for Continuously Changing Works
Art galleries have different security needs from museums or other facilities that display art.
- Shows change frequently so flexibility and ease of use in a security apparatus is an issue.
- Entrances are open for free movement in and out of the space and are often poorly supervised.
- Works for special or group shows more recently require special security demands by the lender.
Whether “grab and run” or more surreptitious thefts, galleries suffer from a particular vulnerability. Very few have guards or cameras. Whether they do or not works hanging near the entrance are often an invitation to theft. Oftentimes gallery personnel are engaged with a client or on the phone at some distance from the front door.
Art Guard offers several solutions for galleries:
MAP Systems: The unique protection of Art Guard’s MAP v2 wireless sensors is available in two plug-and-play MAP Systems to suit your specific needs for security. Whether the Gold system with full features for 24-hour alerts and complete management from a mobile device or the Silver System with audible alerts for daytime grab-and-run theft the MAP sensors are pre-enrolled and ready to apply right out of the box.
Flexibility is a hallmark of the MAP Systems, especially for galleries. Sensors can be moved to other works or changed completely for other shows or the systems can be moved in their entirety to another facility for traveling shows without having to re-enroll the sensors or lose the settings. And either system will demonstrate to artists, lenders and insurers that the gallery is employing the latest technology for the protection of any works, hanging or seated, entrusted to your care.
You can’t stop the threat, but you CAN stop the act.
FACT: The FBI estimates that annual losses from art theft worldwide amount to 8 billion annually, but most experts agree that the real figure is far greater.
FACT: Only 3-4% of all stolen art is ever recovered.
FACT: Grab-and-run theft accounts for over 50% of art losses.
FACT: Interpol ranks as fourth-largest criminal enterprise after drugs, money laundering and weapons. And recovery rates are abysmally low, about five to eight per cent.