[vcf-midatlantic] Museum security

VAXman at tmesis.org VAXman at tmesis.org
Fri Apr 8 11:04:02 EDT 2016

Evan Koblentz via vcf-midatlantic writes: 

>A member recently contacted another member, who in told informed me of
>the first member's security concerns (that someone could in theory take
>something small from our new space). 
>There has NEVER been anything stolen from us. 
>Obviously in a large collection things get misplaced from time to time,
>and once in a while somebody will move something without permission or
>without communicating it to someone else, etc., but we've NEVER had
>anything involving thievery occur. 
>But if anyone is wondering, we DO have security plans: 
>- We're going to set up the usual chains and/or ropes in front of all
>exhibits ahead of the show next week. We already have the stanchions in
>- The new space has a single entrance/exit (not counting emergency
>exits), unlike the old space which was four separate rooms each with its
>own door to the hallway, so it's less likely for someone to take
>something without us noticing (although that's never happened.) 
>- There will be copious and prominent "Please don't touch" signs all
>around the new space. 
>- There's going to be a chain and a "Staff only" sign separating the
>exhibits from the workshop area. 
>- Post-show, I'd like to install sheets of plexi on the fronts of
>shelving carts that involve any machine with a front panel. 
>- Also for post-show, we (the board) are considering ideas for creating
>some kind of walkway boundaries, perhaps with carpet runners or paint,
>which would encourage people to "stay within the lines" so to speak.
>(We're also considering a very creative way of painting the lines so
>that each part of the museum has its a unique "zone" with different
>- We may install an alarm and/or security cameras when resources allow. 
>- Electric shock collars for all visitors. :) 


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