Thefts

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Dear The National Portrait Gallery,

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 museum in the years 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010? Can the items be listed for each year in an excel spreadsheet (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 museum.

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

Archive Enquiry, The National Portrait Gallery

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Yours sincerely
Robin Francis
Head of Archive & Library

Robin Francis, The National Portrait Gallery

Dear Mr Overton

Thank you for your request for information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act. We normally aim to respond within twenty working days but in this instance, as this is a question we are asked regularly, I can confirm that during the period you specify no artefacts or items of historical interest, in our case portraits, were stolen from the National Portrait Gallery.

Yours sincerely

Robin Francis

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Original Message-----
From: Iain Overton [mailto:[FOI #271986 email]]
Sent: 04 June 2015 16:29
To: Archive Enquiry
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Thefts

Dear The National Portrait Gallery,

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 museum in the years 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010? Can the items be listed for each year in an excel spreadsheet (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 museum.

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

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