Bring back the Met’s art and antiquities squad
The closure of an entire unit, specialising in the policing of a complex but valuable part of our national economy, must be wrong
European countries are working together to tackle cultural property crime
The success of Europol’s Operation Pandora, which recovered thousands of stolen artefacts, demonstrates the importance of international cooperation
How exactly does crime affect the art market?
Art crime is never far from the headlines, and it should be taken as seriously as any other crime
Restitution made easy? Germany rethinks how it deals with Nazi-looted art
Reforms to the Limbach Commission, which deals with restitution claims, are welcome – but they won’t be enough
How technology is changing the way we tackle art theft
Smartphones and digital cameras are new sources of evidence for investigators, but they can also aid art thieves
Why the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s stolen art may never be found
Unfortunately, some stolen works are simply too famous to sell, and too dangerous to keep
What’s the motive for museum thefts?
Recent thefts from museums in England and France lay bare the thinking behind such crimes