Risk Management > Vandals, Thieves, and Displacers

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"Most of the risks in the category of thieves, vandals, and displacers are traditionally covered by museum security services in large institutions. Thieves obviously are a great concern because museum objects have a high value, their location and existence are well known, and if an object is stolen the loss is total. Vandals tend to attack high-profile or noticeable items, and often inflict severe damage. The agent "displacers" addresses the problem of artifacts that are misplaced within the museum; this is usually done inadvertently by staff members in storage areas. If an artifact or specimen has been misplaced and cannot be found, the effect is the same as a theft."

Costain, Charlie. Framework for Preservation of Museum Collections, Canadian Heritage, 1994.

 

 

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