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Safeguarding Cultural Properties

Security for Museums, Libraries, Parks, and Zoos

Safeguarding Cultural Properties is a step-by-step guide for creating and maintaining a comprehensive security program in any cultural facility or public institution. Author Stevan P. Layne, the leading expert in the field of cultural property protection, draws from his many years of experience providing protection training and planning to more than 350 cultural and public institutions around the world.

Designed especially for those with limited security budgets, the book provides a proven and effective program for hiring the right security personnel, selecting the appropriate electronic security systems, and coordinating critical emergency response, along with all the other security issues unique to the needs of a cultural institution. For individuals responsible for the protection of the people, assets, and collections, Safeguarding Cultural Properties saves time and money by providing the essential resources needed for creating a short- and long-term protection plan.


Managers and security personnel at museums, libraries, zoos, national parks, historic sites, public gardens, art galleries, and other public facilities throughout the United States and are the globe; Security and risk management consultants

Paperback, 160 Pages

Published: April 2014

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-420112-5


  • Chapter 1: Emergency Preparedness

    Chapter 2: Security Officer Code of Conduct

    Chapter 3: Personnel Security

    Chapter 4: Legal Rights and Restrictions

    Chapter 5: Physical Security

    Chapter 6: Fire Protection

    Chapter 7: Customer Service and Visitor Relations

    Chapter 8: Emergency Evacuations

    Chapter 9: Theft Prevention

    Chapter 10: Documentation

    Chapter 11: Protecting Valuable Collections

    Chapter 12: Protecting Rare Book Collections

    Chapter 13: Unruly Patrons and Conflict Resolution

    Chapter 14: Use of Force

    Chapter 15: Workplace Violence Prevention

    Chapter 16: Retail Theft Prevention and Apprehension

    Chapter 17: Special Events Protection



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