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Taking action now in preventing theft and other security breaches is key to ensuring the safety of an institution’s collection.

This leaflet outlines the plans, equipment, and documents all museums and historical institutions should have in place in case of an emergency.

Stevan P. Layne emphasizes selecting an appropriate alarm system and staff’s responsibility in preventive safety measures, including hiring responsibly to prevent theft from the inside. A daily closing checklist, emergency procedures guide, and fire protection checklist are included and provide useful templates for historical institutions to follow when drafting a security plan.

Technical Leaflet #253 (2011)