Turkey’s Museum Security Problem

Some high profile thefts at Turkish museums have drawn attention to lax security there. “Although 78 of the country’s 93 state museums are equipped with electronic security systems, archaeologists in the field assert that those systems often malfunction or are insufficient. Thorough museum inventories, crucial to security measures, are rarely taken in Turkey’s museums. And of the objects that have been documented in display cases or in warehouse storage, experts say, many were registered by unqualified workers lacking critical reference information.”