British Museum: Just how simple is it to burgle a museum?

The theft of artifacts from the British Museum has sparked interest in the safeguards put in place to prevent theft of some of the finest treasures on earth.

After artifacts were reported missing earlier this week. The museum fired a staff member, and the Metropolitan Police launched an inquiry.

The stolen antiques had not recently been on display and were being used for research.

Despite security measures, thefts from museums nevertheless happen frequently, according to experts in art recovery, and the next stop for these stolen pieces might be anything from the black market to being melted down. Sometimes, they are offered for sale for much less than their true value.

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How frequently are thefts from museums?
According to Christopher Marinello, an attorney and the head of Art Recovery International. Artifact thefts occur “every single day throughout the world.” His company specializes in tracking down and recovering art that has been stolen anywhere in the world.

But Mr. Marinello claims it is “shocking” when significant organizations, like the British Museum, are taken by surprise.
The British Museum has previously dealt with thefts. After a 2,500-year-old Greek statue was taken by a member of the public in 2002, it started a security evaluation.

The 12cm (4.7in) high marble skull was taken by the thief, who escaped unnoticed.

The museum claimed at the time that despite the Greek Archaic Gallery being a public area of the museum and where the statue was taken, there had been no constant guard on duty there.

After a Cartier ring worth £750,000 went missing from its collection of heritage assets, the museum also claimed that it had evaluated the security of its holdings and made considerable investments.

It had not been displayed to the public. Police were notified that the ring was lost in 2011, but information did not become public until 2017.

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