New security plan for Egypt's archaeological sites

Nevine El-Aref , Wednesday 19 Oct 2011

Egypt's cultural heritage to be protected by cameras, burglar alarms, and armed guards in revamp of security measures

The looting of archaeological sites and museums in the wake of the January 25 Revolution raised serious questions about the security of thousands of precious artefacts and antiquities in Egypt.

A committee of the Tourism and Antiquities Police and officials of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) has been established to investigate the problem.

Mostafa Amine, secretary-general of the SCA said new plans would be drawn up to fill security gaps at archaeological sites and museums. "These plans would be updated periodically to meet new or unexpected challenges," he added.

Among the plans are more security cameras, burglar alarms connected to TV circuits, new fixed and changeable security points, and security training for guards who will be supplied with guns, rather than sticks as in the past.

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