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NCJ Number: 66348 Find in a Library
Title: THEFTS OF WORKS OF ART AND CULTURAL PROPERTY - FIRST INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM - INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL POLICE ORGANIZATION, 46TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION STOCKHOLM SWEDEN, 1977
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: International Criminal Police Organization
France
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: International Criminal Police Organization
92210 Saint Cloud, France
Publication Number: 9
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: France
Annotation: THIS INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON THEFTS OF WORKS OF ART DESCRIBES THE LOCATION AND DESTINATION OF THE THEFTS, POLICE ACTION, AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PREVENTION.
Abstract: THE PROPERTY STOLEN INCLUDES ARTICLES DISCOVERED DURING ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS OR BAS-RELIEFS DETACHED FROM MONUMENTS, OBJECTS USED IN RELIGIOUS CEREMONIES, PAINTINGS, SCULPTURE, AND CHURCH PROPERTY. MANY THEFTS ARE COMMITTED IN ISOLATED OR BADLY PROTECTED PLACES SUCH AS ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATION SITES, PRIVATE HOMES AND CASTLES, ART GALLERIES AND COMMERCIAL ESTABLISHMENTS, AND PUBLIC AND PRIVATE MUSEUMS. OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS, THE NUMBER OF THEFTS HAS INCREASED. OFFENDERS ARE COMMON BURGLARS OR SPECIALIZED ART THIEVES. ORGANIZED CRIME CIRCLES OR RECEIVERS HOLDING POSITIONS THAT GIVE THEM OPPORTUNITIES TO SELL STOLEN WORKS ARE INVOLVED. IN THE CASE OF FAMOUS WORKS OF ART, OWNERS MAY BE BLACKMAILED INTO PAYING A RANSON FOR THEIR RETURN. SPECIAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS, INTERGOVERNMENTAL DEPARTMENT COOPERATION, AND COMPUTERIZED INFORMATION ON THEFTS ARE BEING DEVELOPED. PHOTOGRAPHS FOR IDENTIFICATION, RAPID INVESTIGATION, AND THE MARKING OF PROPERTY CAN HELP IN STOLEN ART RECOVERY. COOPERATION WITH INTERPOL, UNESCO, THE CUSTOMS COOPERATION COUNCIL, AND ICOM IS NECESSARY. PREVENTION INCLUDES MUSEUM ELECTRONIC DEVICES, IDENTIFICATION PROGRAMS, PUBLIC EDUCATION, AND MORE SEVERE PENAL LAWS. (AOP)
Index Term(s): Art theft; Automated police information systems; International Criminal Police Organization; United Nations (UN)
Note: REPORT SUBMITTED BY THE GENERAL SECRETARIAT
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