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Cultural Property Security
Protecting Museums, Historic Sites, Archives, and Libraries

ISBN 9781466558182
Published December 19, 2012 by CRC Press
232 Pages 50 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The protection and security of cultural properties is of primary concern to the thousands of federal, state, county, city, and private institutions entrusted with housing and displaying our national heritage and history of our society. Cultural property security is of global importance as well, with tens of thousands of institutions internationally tasked with protecting and maintaining relics and artifacts of social, cultural, and historical significance.

Cultural Property Security offers powerful protection guidelines to security departments tasked with safeguarding popular historical sites, museums, and libraries and the historical artifacts they house. Presenting practical, ready-to-implement solutions in a clear writing style, the book:

  • Provides a working definition of cultural properties
  • Identifies the threats against cultural properties from crime and terrorism, particularly in regions with political or civil unrest
  • Offers guidance in threat assessment
  • Identifies the physical security measures and technology that can be used to protect such institutions
  • Presents guidelines for establishing a protective service department for cultural properties
  • Describes proper arrest and post-arrest protocols
  • Includes a list of online resources for further information related to the protection of cultural properties

Complete with dozens of photos, the book establishes leading industry best practices to identify the various threats to cultural properties and protect them.

Dr. Daniel J. Benny has more than 35 years of security management experience and has served as a Director of Protective Services for the state of Pennsylvania’s Historic and Museum Commission. His insight is invaluable to those responsible for securing these institutions from internal and external threats.

Table of Contents

Importance of Cultural Property Protection: Museums, Historic Sites, Archives, and Libraries
Private Museums
Local Museums
County Museums
State Museums
National Museums
Military Museums
Historic Sites
Private, Local, and County Historic Sites
State Historic Sites
National Historic Sites
Private, Local and County Archives
State Archives
National Archives
Private Libraries
Campus Libraries
Local Libraries
County Libraries
State Libraries
National Libraries
Security Threats to Museums, Historic Sites, Archives, and Libraries
Security Threats to Museums
Security Threats to Historic Sites
Security Threats to Archives
Security Threats to Libraries
Security Threats to Individuals
Workplace Violence
Prevention of Violence in the Workplace
Identification of Behavioral Indicators
Threats from Terrorism
Target Selection
Counter Terrorism
Signs of Terrorism
Physical Security Protection for Museums, Historic Sites, Archives, and Libraries
Intrusion and Fire Detection Systems
Security Cameras
Determining Total System Costs
Design Costs
Installation Costs
Operational Costs
IT Costs
Maintenance Costs
Replacement Costs
Cost–Benefit Analysis
Cost of Loss
Prevention Costs
Return on Investment
Lock and Key Control
Mechanical Locks
Wafer Tumbler Locks
Dial Combination Locks
High Security Dead Bolt Locks
Card Access Electrified Locks
Exit Locks
Master Locking Systems
Control of Keys and Locking Devices
Security Barriers and Fencing
Security Lighting
Protection of Windows and Utility Ports
Radio Frequency Identification, Magnetometers, and
X-Ray Devices
Protection of Artifacts
Artifacts on Display
Artifacts in Storage
Artifacts in Transit
Protection of Books, Publications, Documents, and
Internet Protection
Security Department Organization and Operation Chief Security Officer
Determining Size of Department
Legal Authorization to Protect Property
Property Profile and Security Threats
Proprietary Security Force
Contract Security Force
Uniforms and Identification
Staff and Visitor Identification
Protective Equipment
Use of Force Continuum
Report Procedures
Protection of Department Information
Lost and Found
Ethics and Conduct
Professional Certifications
Recruitment and Supervision
Service Calls
Vehicle Stops
Approaching Suspect Vehicle with Patrol Vehicle
Felony Vehicle Inquiries
Use of Force
Oleoresin Capsicum (OC)
Extremities as Defensive Weapons
Apprehension and Arrest
Court Testimony
Security Information Center
Dealing with Media
Appendix: Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Library
Theft Act
(Act 95 of Session 1982, 18 Purdon’s Statutes §3929.1) House Bill 671
Safety and Fire Protection
General Safety Policy
Safety Culture
Safety Program
Safety Coordinator
Fire Protection
Protection Equipment
Fire Evacuation Plans and Drills
Employee and Visitor Protection Measures
Right-To-Know Worker Protection Act
Bloodborne Pathogens Act
Hazardous Waste Management
Emergency Responses
Medical Emergencies
Responding to Medical Emergencies
Treatment of Victim
Vehicle Accidents
Fire Fighting
Gas Leaks
Important Safety Precautions
Severe Weather and Natural Disasters
Bomb Threats
Notification and Evacuation
Bomb Search
Return to Facility
Hostage Situations
Appendix A: Cultural Property Resources
Professional Cultural Property Security Organizations
Professional Cultural Property Organizations
Regional and State Museum Conferences and
Regional Conservation Guilds and Associations
Cultural Property Journals and Publications
Cultural Property Funding Organizations
Cultural Property Organizations for Reporting Thefts
Appendix B: Cultural Property Physical Security Checklist
Perimeter Barriers
Protective Lighting
Intrusion Detection System
Security Communications
Personnel Identification and Control
Lock Security
Security Force
Appendix C: Cultural Property Key Control Program Checklist
A. Control measures
B. Custodians appointed in writing for
C. Quarterly inspections
D. Access roster
E. Keys and padlocks
F. Key depositories
G. Combination locks
H. Seals and bands
I. Lock specifications
Appendix D: Cultural Property Security Force Checklist
Security Operation
In-House Security Department
Contract Security
Administration Issues

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While the focus of this book is cultural property protection, the author uses a method that allows the reader to use the asset protection process in most, if not all, other areas requiring security … outlining a plan that highlights all the necessary stages to create and implement a security program in a clear, no-nonsense style. ... 4 out of 5 stars.
–Book review appearing in Security Management