Generally, when discussing security in blog posts or articles, we’ll focus on the high-tech solutions we develop for our clients or the high-quality manned guarding service we provide to them. However, that’s not to say we’re not also very much concerned about the people and places we are protecting.
This was brought home recently when several of my Trigion colleagues attended the Heritage Watch security conference in Leeds Castle, Kent; an event we also sponsored. We take great pride in protecting every one of our clients' buildings, but there’s an added sense of responsibility when you consider heritage properties.
There’s much more than a monetary value to these properties and their contents. Heritage buildings and artefacts have a cultural significance and help define the national identity. They are part of what makes Great Britain the country it is, and are invaluable in attracting visitors and investors.
Heritage crime occurs at archaeological sites, churches, castles, stately homes and historic shipwrecks. It also includes crimes against cultural property and museum collections. It encompasses a wide variety of criminal activity which can cause loss or damage to heritage assets forever. These include – architectural theft, in particular the theft of metal and stone, anti-social behaviour, criminal damage, arson, unauthorised excavation and metal detecting (also known as ‘night-hawking’) damage by vehicles and the trade in illicit cultural property.
We’re delighted to work with Heritage Watch, England’s Treasure Houses, and other heritage buildings, keeping them safe with the sympathetic use of appropriate security solutions, ensuring they are suitable for the unique situations presented.
Little did I know as a boy, that I’d be playing a part in defending castles when I grew up!
Jan Hein Hemke,
Managing Director at Facilicom UK & Ireland