Thefts at the Science Museum, London

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Dear Board of Trustees of the Science Museum,

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 - the Science 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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Dear Mr Overton,

 

Thank you for your request dated 5^th June 2015 under the Freedom of
Information Act (2000).

 

I have set out your questions and our responses below:

 

1. How many artefacts or items of historical interest were stolen from
your museum - the Science 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)?

 

For artefacts or items of historical interest stolen from the Science
Museum between 2010 and 2014 please see the attached excel spreadsheet
titled ‘Object Theft 2010 to 2014’.

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

 

Please see the attached spreadsheet titled ‘Object Theft 2010 to 2014’.

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?

 

Please see the attached spreadsheet titled ‘Thefts 2010-2014’.

4. If known, how many times in the above years was there police
involvement - and were there arrests made following such thefts?

 

Please see the attached spreadsheet titled ‘Thefts 2010-2014’.

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.

 

There was no insurance claim for the 2 objects stolen from the Science
Museum between 2010 and 2014.

 

No money was claimed for or received in insurance claims for the thefts
that occurred at the Science Museum between 2010 and 2014.

 

Following any reported incident, theft or loss from visitors the Museum
advises the visitor to report the incident to the police for their own
insurance purposes as they are the victim.

I hope this information assists you in your research.

 

Yours sincerely,

Corporate Information & Enquiries Officer
Corporate & Collections Information

Science Museum
Exhibition Road
London
SW7 2DD
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From: Iain Overton [mailto:[FOI #272153 email]]
Sent: 05 June 2015 21:05
To: Freedom of Information (SCM)
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Thefts at the Science Museum,
London

 

Dear Board of Trustees of the Science Museum,

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 - the Science 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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