With three Rhino horns stolen from the secure storage area of the New Walk Museum, Leicester, it sounds oddly like an almost inside job again, akin to medals going missing from Derby Museum and Art Gallery. (although that has not been inferred in reports) With theft from museums public areas becoming harder as security is tightened up or Rhino horns are removed from display and replaced with replicas, it seems as though behind the scenes security needs close scrutiny too.
I can think of at least one venue I have worked at that possibly still has the same safe combination (and we're talking years back here) as it was unforgettable for the staff. Closer attention needs to be paid to access to keys, regular changing of codes and regular patrols and checks of areas to be able to spot and report suspicions or thefts as soon as possible.
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