In light of the recent attack on Paris, clients are calling to ask for advice on what level of security they should adopt in the near future. Museums in smaller towns or smaller museums in major cities have less to be concerned about than major museums. Unless you have other factors that put you at risk, I would not be greatly concerned. Larger institutions in major cities should increase their security profile effective immediately. Institutions with some political, social or religious connection that puts them at risk should be especially alert.

I would increase security presence in the entrance lobbies and conduct visual pre-screening of all visitors. You are under no obligation to use any type of objectivity in this screening. I’m not suggesting discriminating against anyone but screening visitors based on any factor you wish to use is your right.

Be alert to people who are dressed inappropriately for the weather, that is, if someone shows up wearing a very heavy or long outer garment, it could be covering a weapon or bomb vest. I don’t care if this is a trench coat or a burka, you have a right to ask them to open their garment and show you what is under the garment before allowing them to enter. The goal is to reduce the risk before visitors get into the crowded lobby.  I do not feel it is necessary to look under delivery vehicles such as UPS trucks or for any other expected delivery. That is a waste of time.

Use common sense. Most people understand that extra screening is intended to keep them safe. Visually inspect all parcels being placed in your coat rooms to avoid having someone place a bomb there. Consider requiring that all coats be checked in the coat room although I understand that this can be difficult in larger institutions. Keep vehicles from parking close to your building if possible. Ask the city to block off and restrict parking if necessary. Search incoming parcels larger than a small purse. If you are a right to carry state, consult your attorney about your rights to restrict carrying of weapons in your museum. I understand that visitors with guns can neutralize a terrorist or active shooter quicker but the last thing you need in your museum is a gunfight with school children present.

Every institution is different. Museums with religious, political, ethnic, or patriotic themes are at greater risk. If you have any questions about your unique situation, please call us.

Steve Keller


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