Art is expensive, no doubt. Even if the pieces you are showcasing in your studio or gallery are not from some of the most globally acclaimed artists, they still have a lot of value, and the last thing you want is to lose them.
Well, the risk is there. Burglaries, especially in big urban areas, are far too common and as such, it’s advisable to take measures that will secure your art studio.
We have a few ideas that may help you with this here below.
- Install a Surveillance System
Installing a comprehensive surveillance system that covers every inch of your studio will achieve two things.
First, it will be a deterrent measure. Would-be burglars are more likely to stay away from premises with 24-hour surveillance.
Secondly, surveillance gives you the means to recover your artwork in the event it is stolen. CCTV footage has been used in the past to track down criminals and recover stolen goods. With modern facial recognition technologies, it should be very easy.
- Secure the Windows
A lot of art studio owners often tend to assume that the only way a burglar would enter their premises is through the front door.
Well, some daring thieves would, in fact, do that but a majority will prefer a more subtle entrance through the windows.
And it’s not hard to see why. Windows are ignored, and often have very loose security features, making them an easy entry point for anyone. Don’t make this mistake. Ensure that your windows are properly secured to avoid any issues.
- Hire a Private Investigator
Most people will only hire private investigators when an incident has already happened. For example, a private investigator may come in when there has already been a break-in or an attempted break-in. There is no arguing that PIs will, of course, help a lot during these periods.
But you may also want to hire them as a preventive measure. Private investigators with extensive experience in security can give you an honest and professional assessment of your studio, showing you areas that need to be improved and even suggesting security systems that would work for you.
- Water Damage and Fire Protection
Security is not just about keeping thieves away. Although that is the primary goal, you also need to secure your studio, and all the art in it, from water damage and fire.
In that case, make sure the premises are fully assessed for flooding and fire risks by a professional. It is also good to take measures that would protect your most valuable pieces in case of flooding or fires.
- Install an Alarm System
Finally, you may also want to install an alarm system that safeguards your doors and windows. Alarms are designed to send an alert if the security of your studio is breached and can be great deterrents from burglars.
Alarms will also ensure that there’s a swift response to any break-in, something that may give thieves little time to steal anything from your studio.