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Unthinkable act of vandalism at the Orsay puts museum surveillance into focus

Published by Dan on October 9, 2007 8:33 AM

For most people, a trip to the museum means a chance to gaze upon some truly remarkable works of art. But even the most seemingly innocent group of observers could be conjuring up a Thomas Crowne-like affair. Heists and vandalism are an unfortunate reality in the art world, and due to the priceless nature of these one-of-a-kind works, video security is a vital concern at museums.

Case in point, a recent act of vandalism at the Orsay Museum in Paris involving a fist and a renowned painting by impressionist Claude Monet. Doesn't sound good, does it? A surveillance camera captured images of the culprits as they broke into the museum during Paris' annual All-Night Festival. Unfortunately, the scoundrels succeeded in punching a hole through Monet's “Le Pont d'Argenteuil” before fleeing when an alarm sounded. No arrests have been made as yet, but the video footage should play a valuable role in tracking down the suspects. Meanwhile Culture Minister Christine Albanel stressed the importance of improving museum security throughout France. One would expect the latest advancements in IP surveillance technology to certainly play a large role in the security upgrade.

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