Protection for Religious Artifacts
Theft from religious institutions is particularly offensive and it occurs with far greater frequency than evidenced by reports. It constitutes a particular kind of violation because of a betrayal of trust in opening its doors to all. Challenged with balancing presentation and protection, religious organizations want to have articles of worship openly visible and accessible while protecting those same works from being pilfered. Theft goes beyond the loss of precious and irreplaceable devotional objects; it disrupts the sanctity of the facility.
Effective but affordable and discreet protection is the goal in any house of worship.
Art Guard MAP provides an independent layer of wireless security that invisibly protects even the smallest of objects. Response to an event can be subtle beeps from a panel or a text to a cell phone. Designed for precise protection, scalability and ease-of-use, MAP is also the most affordable object-specific alarm systems in terms of both capital investment and life cycle costs. MAP sensors can be used on just a few particularly vulnerable pieces and scaled as needed. No other product approaches the precision, flexibility and scalability of Art Guard.
Affordable, scalable, discreet
- No other system that can protect virtually any stationary object of any size in any situation is as affordable, both initially and over its entire life-cycle. Future costs simply entail changing batteries.
- MAP can start with a few objects and scale to protect as many assets as necessary, spreading costs out over time.
- Responses to an event are completely customizable. No alarm has to be heard. No disruption of activities is necessary.
Asset Protection for Corporate Collections
Corporate art thefts diminish the overall corporate asset portfolio. Corporate collections house an extensive portion of our collective cultural heritage. Yet few of the valuable objects in these collections are adequately protected from theft. These collections are exposed to special risks:
- Assets are placed in private offices with little security
- Assets that sit in offices are often adopted as private property
- Although work is on display, it is often not considered an “asset”
- Assets frequently change locations
No institution should have to sacrifice security. Best practices highly recommend a separate and dedicated system to prevent art theft. Art Guard offers smart, affordable security solutions that protect collections 24/7, notably when perimeter security is turned off to accommodate staff and the public.
Art Guard MAP: Discreet, museum-grade protection
Art Guard’s MAP wireless sensor is used in some of this country’s most prestigious museums, galleries and homes of high-end collectors. MAP is capable of protecting nearly any stationary object, seated or hanging and no matter how small. This can include work in lobbies or in offices. Whether integrated into the existing security system, set up with a stand-alone conventional control panel or used with Art Guard’s new MAP System, MAP can discreetly alert the front desk or any other party in or out of the building with the specifics of the object moved.
Art Guard Safe Hook: Affordable security for hanging works
Safe Hook has provided major museums, galleries, hotels and other facilities with valuable art around the world with protection for hanging works for nearly a decade. Safe Hook is an effective solution when daytime grab-and-run theft is the concern. The battery-powered stand-alone sensor is designed for hanging works when security is within audible range of its 120 dB alarm. Safe Hook is extremely durable and can be used with almost any method of hanging. With flexibility as its hallmark it can be used for temporary exhibits or as the primary protection when perimeter security is off. Safe Hook can also travel with works on loan.
Asset Security for Auction Houses
Auction Houses are unique in placing demands for flexibility on any security system designed to protect objects. Objects of enormous variety are continuously being moved and changed, maybe more so than in any other facility displaying valuable assets. Ease-of-use should be a hallmark. And a system has to be equally adept at securing a painting and a piece of jewelry.
Art Guard MAP offers the most comprehensive protection for stationary objects of any technology or security measure. This is MAP’s hallmark. Exhibiting objects individually or in lots as openly as possible to prospective buyers while discreetly protecting them is paramount. Employing MAP is equal to having a separate guard on every lot, watching every painting, every sculpture, every snuff box and every pendant.
A balance of flexibility and presentation with protection
- MAP sensors can be employed in a host of currently-installed or dedicated security panels, as well as in the new MAP System, which offers the ultimate convenience in set-up and management.
- MAP sensors are easy to install to accommodate changing displays. Sensors can be temporarily by-passed to move individual pieces.
- Responses to an event can be anything from a local alarm (loud or subtle) to a cell phone text.
- No other object-specific security is capable of protecting each and every asset, no matter the size.
Art Guard Safe Hook: Affordable security for hanging works
Safe Hook has provided major museums, galleries, hotels and other facilities with valuable art around the world with protection for hanging works for nearly a decade. Safe Hook is an effective solution to grab-and run theft when cost and flexibility are the primary criteria. The battery-powered stand-alone sensor is designed for hanging works when security is within audible range of its 120 dB alarm. Safe Hook is extremely durable and can be used with almost any method of hanging. With flexibility as its hallmark it can be used for temporary exhibits or as the primary protection when perimeter security is off. Safe Hook is a low-cost workhorse.
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.