In most cases, exhibits are irreplaceable. Reason enough to protect them in the best possible way.


Spectacular thefts from important institutions in the news remind us that it is not enough to have security locks or alarms to be properly protected, but that you need a carefully planned security system.

The story of security begins with an attempt to open a display case. Alarm sensors tuned to detect the attempt trigger an alarm at the police station/private security company. Emergency services arrive on the scene as quickly as possible to apprehend the perpetrator in the museum. Other security-related scenarios include vandalism, accidents and even terrorist attacks.

Security concepts are based on the following principles Deterrence and resistance, alarm and arrival time of professional security personnel, access logging with personalised key recognition, the same level of security for each component and complete object registers with documentation for reliable identification.

A display case, like all security systems today, is made up of four types of measures: Human and organisational, mechanical and electronic, to protect against both external and internal theft attempts.

Burglary, vandalism and accident protection

The security system of a display case typically consists of three components: mechanical resistance, security locks and on-board electronic alarms.

The mechanical resistance of the showcase is the main physical security factor of a showcase. It is designed to buy time after its alarm has been triggered to allow security personnel (police or private security company) to arrive on the scene.

The mechanical resistance system is made up of the metal casing of the showcase, the glass casing and the security locking of the access door to its

exhibition space. In the case of transportable showcases, it is also necessary to ensure that they are permanently fixed to the building. In all cases, the principle that a display case cannot be dismantled from the outside must be observed.

The new draft standard DIN EN 15999-2:2023 for museum display cases combines safety standards from other sectors and defines a specific test method for museum display cases. Glasbau Hahn already refers to this new standard DIN EN 15999-2:2023 with regard to security.

Internal theft (by museum staff)

Human and organisational measures support protection against burglary, but are particularly effective against theft by museum staff. Glasbau Hahn therefore offers security key systems and locking protocols that allow seamless tracking of who has entered which display cases. This requires

additional organisational measures for key management. The deterrent effect of this approach is particularly effective. Video surveillance can reinforce this and all other approaches.

How to work.

Glasbau Hahn supports museums and their consultants in the holistic planning of security systems. Together with its partners, Glasbau Hahn also offers the development and installation of security systems as a full service.

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