Criminal threats to the national heritage – an analysis of the events of 2016 Cover Image

Zagrożenie dziedzictwa kulturowego przestępczością – analiza wydarzeń w 2016 roku
Criminal threats to the national heritage – an analysis of the events of 2016

Author(s): Olgierd Jakubowski
Subject(s): Museology & Heritage Studies, Criminal Law, Cultural Anthropology / Ethnology, Criminology, Present Times (2010 - today)
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: crime; statistics; national heritage; robbery; theft; damage;

Summary/Abstract: There are a variety of methods that may be used in the analysis of crimes against cultural heritage which allow us to determine the level of risk. A comprehensive study covering all instances of crime against cultural goods during a year allows us to note tendencies in criminals’ behaviour and helps to develop methods of counteracting similar crimes in the future. Based on the results of a number of such case studies, it is then possible to assess the risk of crime against the national heritage in a much more appropriate manner and minimise its occurrence. This paper presents selected cases of crimes against cultural heritage in 2016, based on statistics prepared by the police, customs, and border guards. It also presents data on the final convictions of perpetrators for acts against heritage. The data on the perpetrators of crimes against legacy are also presented. The study is a part of annual series and aims to illustrate the trends and threats to monuments and cultural assets in a given year. A comprehensive presentation of collective information on the threat to cultural heritage is essential both for perspectives and to develop a strategy for its protection.

  • Issue Year: 3/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 249-274
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Polish