Thefts at the Museum of London

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Dear Museum of London,

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

Brooks, Sally, Museum of London

 
Dear Mr Overton
 
Thank you for your email requesting information on thefts at the Museum of
London. We have two sites at Museum of London (London Wall) and Museum of
London Docklands and our records, compiled by our Security department for
both museums, are as follows. 
 
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)?
 
We had one theft from the gallery in 2011 when a dentist's mirror and
wallet were stolen from the galleries by a member of the public.  The two
items were subsequently recovered.
 
2. Of the thefts listed above, year for year, how many were perpetrated by
members of your own staff?
 
Not applicable.
 
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?
 
Thefts recorded by our Security Department for the period 2010-2014 are as
follows. Please note that we do not categorise thefts by type.
 

year instances police involved
2010 4 3
2011 4 3
2012 1 0
2013 5 2
2014 7 4

 
4. If known, how many times in the above years was there police
involvement - and were there arrests made following such thefts?
 
Police involvement is recorded above. There has been one arrest, in 2014,
in relation to thefts from the shops at both sites, committed by the same
individual. The case went to trial.
 
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.
 
We have no record of insurance claims made in relation to thefts.
 
We believe this answers your enquiry. If you are dissatisfied with our
response you may seek an internal review. Applications for an internal
review can be made by submitting a written request to
[1][email address] or to me. The handling of the enquiry
will then be reviewed by a senior member of the museum’s staff who was not
involved in the preparation of the initial response.
 
If, following the internal review, you are still not satisfied with the
response, you may seek an independent review from the Information
Commissioner.
 
Requests for a review by the Information Commissioner should be made in
writing directly to:
 
The Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow Cheshire
SK9 5AF
 
Yours sincerely
 
Sally Brooks
 
 
 
 
Sally Brooks
Librarian
Museum of London
150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN
Tel: 020 7814 5588
Email: [email address]
[2]www.museumoflondon.org.uk
 
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