Thefts

Iain Overton made this Freedom of Information request to Historic Royal Palaces

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Dear Historic Royal Palaces,
Hello. I would very much like, under the Freedom of Information, to ask you the following, please:

1. How many artefacts or items of historical interest were stolen from your palaces in the years 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010? Can the items be listed for each year in an excel spreadsheet - including breakdown of palaces - (for this request and for all requests below)?
2. Of the thefts listed above, year for year, how many were perpetrated by members of your own staff?
3. How many other thefts occurred and were recorded in these years (e.g. visitor bags stolen, wallets etc.) can the quantity be included and the total categories (i.e. visitor theft) where known?
4. If known, how many times in the above years was there police involvement - and were there arrests made following such thefts?
5. How much money, in the above years (year by year breakdown) a. were claimed for and b. received money for in insurance claims for thefts in your palaces.

I would be grateful for answers to all of the above questions. However, I appreciate that the data might be hard to collate and so I ask you to spend the allocated time under FOI to search for each question in terms of priority and only to move to the next question if time still permits under the FOI stipulation.

I hope that all of this is clear and no further explaining is required.

Yours faithfully,

Iain Overton

Natasha Taylor, Historic Royal Palaces

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Dear Mr. Overton,

 

Thank you for your inquiry below under the Freedom of Information Act,
which we received on 4^th June 2015.  Apologies for the slight delay in
responding to your FOI, one of the members of staff who I needed to
collate the information from was on leave.

 

Historic Royal Palaces is the charity that looks after The Tower of
London, Hampton Court Palace, The Banqueting House, Kensington Palace, Kew
Palace and Hillsborough Castle.

We help everyone explore the story of how monarchs and people have shaped
society in some of the greatest palaces ever built.

We raise all our own funds and depend on the support of our visitors,
members, donors, sponsors and volunteers. 

We welcome over 4 million visitors to our sites every year.

 

In response to your request we have the following information recorded
regarding thefts from our Palaces:

 

 1. How many artefacts or items of historical interest were stolen from
your palaces in the years 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010? Can the
items be listed for each year in an excel spreadsheet - including
breakdown of palaces - (for this request and for all requests below)?

 

None

 

 2. Of the thefts listed above, year for year, how many were perpetrated
by members of your own staff?

 

As above.

 

 3. How many other thefts occurred and were recorded in these years (e.g.
visitor bags stolen, wallets etc.) can the quantity be included and
the total categories (i.e. visitor theft) where known?

 

Other recorded thefts:

 

Tower of London

2011     1

2012     1

 

Hampton Court Palace

2010    1

2011     1

2012     2

2013     1

2014     3

 

Kensington Palace

2011     1

2012     1

2013     1

 

Kew Palace

2012     2

 

 

 4. If known, how many times in the above years was there police
involvement.

 

None.

 

 5. How much money, in the above years (year by year breakdown) a. were
claimed for and b. received money for in insurance claims for thefts
in your palaces.

 

No money has been claimed.

 

Historic Royal Palaces has an internal review procedure. If you are not
happy with our response and wish to appeal the decision, you may request
an internal review by writing to the Chief Executive, Apt 39, Hampton
Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU explaining your request and your reasons for
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If you are then not happy with the outcome of the internal review, you may
then seek an independent review from the Information Commissioner under
the Freedom of Information Act by email or by writing to

The Information Commissioner
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Cheshire SK9 5AF
Website [2]www.ico.gov.uk.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Natasha Taylor

 

 

 

Natasha Taylor

Business Executive, Conservation and Learning

Hampton Court Palace

 

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M: 07964 106462

 

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Historic Royal Palaces is an independent charity that looks after the
Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, the Banqueting House, Kensington
Palace, Kew Palace and Hillsborough Castle. We help everyone explore the
story of how monarchs and people have shaped society, in some of the
greatest palaces ever built. We raise all our own funds and depend on the
support of our visitors, members, donors, sponsors and volunteers.
 
 

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