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Security Upped in Egypt Museum

April 12, 1998

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ A state-of-the-art security system was installed Sunday in the Egyptian National Museum, home to some of the nation’s most important treasures.

The installation of the $3 million system comes 18 months after a thief broke into the room displaying artifacts from the tomb of King Tutankhamen.

The burglar was caught the next morning trying to hide statuettes in the toilets. He had gold jewels in his socks.

``Now the Egyptian people can rest assured their heritage is safe,″ Culture Minister Farouk Hosni said at Sunday’s dedication ceremony.

The museum’s interior is now monitored by, among other devices, 158 tiny cameras and its display cases, by 250 sensors.

An electronic ticketing system also monitors the number of people entering and leaving the musem each day.

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