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Artifacts Stolen From Indonesia’s National Museum

Monday, September 16, 2013

(Wikimedia Commons)JAKARTA, INDONESIA—Indonesian officials are investigating the security systems in the country’s museums after a recent break-in at the National Museum in Jakarta. Four golden artifacts dating to the eighth and ninth centuries, including three plaques and a small box, were stolen. The police questioned museum employees, security officers, archaeologists, alarm and CCTV technicians, and learned that the closed circuit television cameras had not been working for nearly a year, and that the alarm system had been down for two months. “Before the burglary occurred, the government had already planned to improve the security system as part of the National Museum program. However, the burglary took place before the project had a chance to be implemented,” said Wiendu Nuryanti, Deputy Minister for Culture.