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February 18th, 2012

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Kunstgegenstände aus Kirche im Landkreis Ludwigslust entwendet
http://www.mvticker.de/mv/news_id10394_kunstgegenstaende_aus_kirche_landkreis_ludwigslust_entwendet.html
Region Ludwigslust | 02.11.2010 – 13:48:45

Ludwigslust/MVticker. Bei einem Einbruch in die evangelische Kirche in Leussow haben unbekannte Täter mehrere Kunstgegenstände entwendet. Unter den gestohlenen Gegenständen befinden sich u.a. vier Apostel- Figuren aus Holz, zwei Kerzenleuchter und ein Gemälde Martin Luthers.
Die Täter sind nach bisherigen Erkenntnissen zwischen dem 27.10. und dem 01.11. 2010 gewaltsam durch ein Fenster in die Kirche eingedrungen und haben offenbar gezielt die Figuren der Apostel “Saulus”, “Petrus”, “Matthäus” und “Johannes” von den Wänden des Altarraumes genommen. Ebenfalls aus dem Altarraum stahlen die Täter zwei ca. 90 cm hohe bronzene Kerzenleuchter sowie ein Gemälde Luthers.
Die hölzernen Apostel- Figuren sind Schnitzereien und stammen aus dem Ende des 19. Jahrhunderts. Sie sind goldfarben und ca. 70cm hoch.
Das Kriminalkommissariat in Ludwigslust ermittelt jetzt wegen Diebstahls im besonders schweren Fall und bittet in diesem Zusammenhang auch die Bevölkerung um Mithilfe. Insbesondere sucht die Polizei Zeugen, die im fraglichen Zeitraum im Bereich der Kirche oder im Ort verdächtige Personen bzw. Fahrzeuge wahrgenommen haben. Hinweise nimmt Kripo in Ludwigslust (03874/4110) oder jede andere Polizeidienststelle entgegen.

November 2nd, 2010

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by Elaine Attard

The Zabbar church yesterday lost much more than just the jewels that adorned the parish’s statue of Our Lady of Graces when it was burgled on Saturday night.

Zabbar vice-parish priest Josef Mifsud told The Malta Independent that the jewellery items just could not be valued.

“Those jewels meant much more for the Zabbarin. Zabbar families offered jewellery to Our Lady for graces granted after prayer. This tradition is still alive. Some of the jewels were quite ancient and were inherited over generations. Luckily not all the jewels offered to the statue were on display,” said Fr Mifsud.

Fr Mifsud, who does not originate from Zabbar, explained how yesterday morning he came better to understand what Our Lady of Graces means to parishioners. Their faith is still strong even among young people. Many dropped by in the morning to pray and share their grief with fellow members of the parish. They felt as if part of them has been stolen, said the priest.

Most of the jewels donated to Our Lady of Graces are stored in a safe place. There are so many of them that they are never all used at the same time. The charms are used to decorate the statue on the feast day in September.

Laurence Buhagiar, a volunteer who works at the Zabbar church said the faithful were more concerned about the spiritual values lost, than the monetary.

“The thieves entered our church and had the temerity to steal items from the statue of Our Lady. What else are we to expect?” one Zabbar resident asked in disbelief.

Apart from a spiritual value the jewels had a cultural value. Fine arts museum curator Sandro Debono explained that the potential loss of the stolen jewels goes beyond the economic. “Old golden objects were made using different techniques from those used today. Maltese goldsmiths’ work used to be regulated in a strict way that guaranteed a high quality. The dimension in which these items were made is lost forever. Some of the jewels were the last souvenirs left from a long lost epoch. It has a meaning, which symbolises the identity of the Zabbar community.”

Mr Debono said he is against the use of jewellery to decorate statues. He said the weight of certain jewellery might damage the statue. Luckily, the statue did not suffer extensive abrasions on the paintwork during the robbery.

Sources who are conversant in the science of conservation explained that properties of gold used in old jewellery are probably different from the properties used in gold today. The quality depends on the purity of the gold measured in carats. Some of the jewels may be just covered in gold leaf or gilded. It also depends on the method used to encrust them with precious stones.

It is not yet clear how the thieves entered the church, although it is believed that since the church’s façade is currently undergoing restoration, the thieves used the scaffolding to make their way into the sanctuary. But the jewels on Our Lady of Graces are not the only Zabbar treasures.

When the late Mgr. Joseph Zarb was appointed parish priest of Zabbar in 1943, he quickly realised how rich the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Graces was in terms of historical artefacts. Being a researcher and a scholar, he became aware that many precious objects such as banners, sails, anchors, weapons, slave chains, model ships, church vestments, altar fronts and votive paintings, all listed in old inventories, were already lost forever, most probably due to neglect and an underestimation of their importance.

These were all offerings to Our Lady of Graces from people coming from all walks of life, from poor peasants to popes. To halt the unintentional destruction of more precious patrimony, Mgr Zarb thought of building a Museum to house and preserve what remained. His dream came true in 1954 when the Sanctuary Museum was opened to the public. Up to this day, it remains the only building in Malta, which was purposely built to house a museum.

November 20th, 2009

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UNESCO pide leyes eficaces contra saqueo de arte sacro en México

Notimex
El Universal
México
Martes 29 de septiembre de 2009

El organismo considera que deben registrarse, identificarse y catalogarse las obras religiosas para combatir su robo

A fin de frenar el saqueo de arte sacro en México, la UNESCO propuso hoy en la UNAM legislaciones más eficaces, registro, identificación y catalogación de obra, así como la multiplicación de los recursos, durante la inauguración del taller “Protección y Salvaguarda de los Bienes Culturales Patrimoniales de la Iglesia en América Latina y el Caribe”.
A partir de hoy y hasta el 1 de octubre especialistas de Bolivia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Uruguay, Perú y Guatemala, además de Costa Rica, República Dominicana, Cuba y México enfatizarán en aquellas experiencias exitosas, vínculos e intercambios entre gobiernos e iglesias, y en especial, sobre las acciones conjuntas que al respecto hayan desarrollado en sus países.

En el acto celebrado en el auditorio José María Vigil, del Instituto de Investigaciones Bibliográficas, Herman von Hoof, director Regional y representante de la Organización de las Naciones Unidas para la Educación, la Ciencia y la Cultura (UNESCO) , aseguró que la mayor parte de las obras y objetos que se extraen de diferentes templos se encuentran en el mercado negro.

Acompañado por autoridades de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) , del Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) y representantes de la Iglesia, Von Hoof manifestó su preocupación al respecto y pidió una mayor colaboración entre el Estado y la Iglesia, a fin de prevenir el robo y tráfico ilícito de estos bienes.

Al respecto, Samuel Bourdeau, director adjunto de la Comisión Nacional de Cooperación con la UNESCO, celebró el taller y agregó que la construcción de políticas que aseguren el patrimonio de la preservación patrimonial, ha estado en muchos países supeditada a otros objetivos de fortalecimiento económico y consolidación democrática.

Refirió que hoy es un momento clave para reflexionar en torno a las estrategias que favorezcan la incorporación de nuevas visiones patrimoniales y el desarrollo de mecanismos gubernamentales y de la Iglesia, para la protección, registro, capacitación y conservación de los artículos religiosos.

Por su parte, Arturo Pascual Soto, director de Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas de la UNAM, señaló que la pérdida del patrimonio material por robo, saqueo o cualquier otra forma de sustracción o destrucción, lleva implícito no sólo el despojo de fragmentos históricos, “sino que suele privarnos de magníficas obras de arte latinoamericanas”.

“La pérdida de este patrimonio representa el extravío del espíritu de una comunidad, el que la dignifica y el que le dio origen” , opinó Pascual Soto, al tiempo que pugnó porque la sociedad asuma el compromiso de salvaguardar el patrimonio cultural de los pueblos como sustento de la excepcionalidad histórica.

En su oportunidad, Héctor Félix Fierro, director del Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas de esa casa de estudios, reconoció que los juristas académicos han trabajo muy poco sobre el tema.

Dijo que con este taller, el instituto a su cargo ofrecerá un apoyo simbólico, pero sentido, con el objetivo de promover estrategias conjuntas de protección y salvaguarda de los bienes culturales patrimoniales (arte religioso y arte sacro) de la Iglesia en América Latina y el Caribe.

Los participantes del taller, representantes de las instituciones gubernamentales y de las instituciones religiosas abordarán los temas relativos en cuatro aspectos.

Ellos son: “Políticas y mecanismos gubernamentales y de las Iglesias para la protección de bienes artísticos religiosos”, “La lucha contra el tráfico ilícito”, “El vandalismo” y “Los desastres naturales” , incluyendo campañas públicas de protección de estos bienes.

Como un segundo punto, resalta, el registro de obras, identificación y catalogación de los objetos como primer paso en la protección y salvaguarda de las obras patrimoniales.

También acciones de capacitación para los responsables y custodios de los bienes artísticos religiosos, tanto en la protección como en su mantenimiento.

Y por último, la conservación preventiva de las obras y las condiciones de seguridad en las Iglesias.

September 29th, 2009

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Dedham:
7:00am Friday 30th January 2009

A very modern security method has been used to protect a 15th century village church.

The parish church in Dedham, which dates back to 1492, has been given the digital SmartWater treatment to guard it against theft.

An all-weather colourless liquid, SmartWater contains a unique registered code which means that stolen property can be easily identified and returned.

Dedham vicar and lecturer Rev Gerard Moate explained that the step was taken as a mainly preventative measure.

“We are quite fortunate – we have only had one theft in the past year,” he said.

“It helps that we are open every day and that we have so many visitors.

“But this is a small price to pay to keep the church safe and make sure it can stay open all the time.”

He added: “We have put the SmartWater everywhere, including the roof and the gates.

“This won’t prevent a theft, but it gives us a better chance of getting our property back if it is stolen.”

Mr Moate added that other steps have also been taken to heighten security at the church.

He explained: “If people are there wearing high visibility jackets, villagers often assume they’re workmen.

“So now all scheduled work will be listed on the main church noticeboard, so people can check that they’re genuine.

“No vans or trucks will be allowed to park inside the churchyard without a dated parking permit, and some of the internal church lights will also be left on overnight.”

He added: “I hope that the church is at the heart of residents emotionally, and that they will keep an eye on anything suspicious.”

If you have concerns, call Mr Moate on 01206 322136 or church architect Roger Barrell on 01206 322370.

January 30th, 2009

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Christophe Cornevin | 05/12/2008.

Les pillards ont dérobé 309 objets d’art religieux en France en 2007, soit environ 30 % de plus que l’année précédente.

Branché en permanence sur les sites Internet des salles de ventes, l’Office central des biens culturels veille à ce que les objets mis à l’encan ne figurent pas dans leur fichier «Treima» recelant la description détaillée et les photos de près de 80 000 objets dérobés. Si un objet suspect est repéré, les enquêteurs peuvent interdire la vente et confisquer le bien. «Le problème est de disposer des images des objets disparus : or, les églises ne dressent pas toutes un inventaire précis de leur patrimoine…», confie un expert.

S’engouffrant dans la brèche, les pillards ont dérobé 309 objets d’art religieux en France en 2007, soit environ 30 % de plus que l’année précédente marquée par 208 vols. Les vols ont eu lieu dans des églises ou des chapelles isolées, mais aussi dans les cathédrales de Rennes, de Toulouse et de Perpignan.

Cette année, la Direction centrale de la police judiciaire s’attend à un net repli des faits recensés. L’OCBC a réussi à confondre deux gros voleurs d’églises sévissant dans le Sud-Ouest, en Poitou-Charentes et en Vendée. Plus récemment encore, ils ont intercepté un dernier malfaiteur qui écumait en solitaire au Havre et à Clermont-Ferrand. Les perquisitions ont permis de retrouver des crucifix mais aussi des têtes descellées à coups de burin qui provenaient de statues datant des XVe et XVIe siècles.

http://www.lefigaro.fr/

December 6th, 2008

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VIENNA (AFP) — Thieves broke into a church in a small town in central Austria and stole scores of tin organ pipes, probably for their value as scrap metal, its pastor reported Monday.

They dismantled and removed 122 tin pipes from the instrument, leaving only those in wood and tinplate, according to Manfred Mitteregger from the church in Groebming.

“We noticed at once that the organ did not sound as good as usual but at first we thought it was a technical breakdown,” he told the Austrian news agency APA.

The church estimates that the theft will cost it 20,000 euros (27,200 dollars), though investigators say the sale of the stolen pipes will only bring the criminals 700 euros (950 dollars).

Thefts of metal, in particular electrical copper wire cables, have increased in recent months in Austria as metal prices have soared.

October 13th, 2008

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* Carabinieri find tabernacle thanks to ICOM publication: 100 Missing Objects.
Looting in Europe. http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/644bd876975df679?hl=en

* Mostre, torna a Roma il Vaso di Eufronio
http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/12913e7a02dbe66f?hl=en

* NAIROBI (AFP) – Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki called Monday for the return of artifacts stolen during the colonial era as he stepped up efforts to boost the country’s tourism sector. http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/3926661e2ce23917?hl=en

* How to Save Afghanistan. Afghanistan produces 92% of the world’s opium (used to make heroin) and 35% of its cannabis and has a flourishing trade in looted antiquities. http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/d9d7013e9560ce17?hl=en

July 18th, 2008

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* Mexico. De las 192 denuncias por robo de arte sacro presentadas entre los años 2000 y 2007, prácticamente todas están impunes hoy en día: 165 se archivaron pues no hay indicios, presuntos responsables o pruebas. Sólo 17 siguen en trámite.
http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/2536f7cfe89c0dbf?hl=en

* Delft Faculty of Architecture fire up-date (video)
http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/cabcc2b8640af01b?hl=en

* Now Jordan Sends Antiquities to Iraq
http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/20a8ce7ddcac8d5e?hl=en

* Suspected church thief nabbed in France
http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/fb6e176cbbf60f92?hl=en

* France. Sept pièces d’art sacré, dont la valeur totale est estimée à 5 millions d’euros, ont été découvertes jeudi
http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/0331bc704553de66?hl=en

June 21st, 2008

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* Mexico. De las 192 denuncias por robo de arte sacro presentadas entre los años 2000 y 2007, prácticamente todas están impunes hoy en día: 165 se archivaron pues no hay indicios, presuntos responsables o pruebas. Sólo 17 siguen en trámite.
http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/2536f7cfe89c0dbf?hl=en

* Delft Faculty of Architecture fire up-date (video)
http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/cabcc2b8640af01b?hl=en

* Now Jordan Sends Antiquities to Iraq
http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/20a8ce7ddcac8d5e?hl=en

* Suspected church thief nabbed in France
http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/fb6e176cbbf60f92?hl=en

* France. Sept pièces d’art sacré, dont la valeur totale est estimée à 5 millions d’euros, ont été découvertes jeudi
http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/0331bc704553de66?hl=en

June 21st, 2008

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* New Zealand. A caregiver stole a valuable painting from his disabled
employer and sold it on the Internet using the pensioner’s computer.
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/49a315b981a20cd3?hl=en

* Exhibition at Cantor Center features masterpieces spared from Hurricane
Katrina
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/5e0345fcc8568302?hl=en

* Reward offered in theft of St. Charles sculpture
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/717df414294afc38?hl=en

* U.K. Church stunned as thieves take Renaissance painting messages
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/50906c77fdecccdd?hl=en

* French police recover four paintings stolen in August 2007 from the Museum
of Fine Arts in Nice by masked gunmen
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/290db19433db2b15?hl=en

* Position: Control Room Operator – Amon Carter Museum
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/32e86044badeb7e5?hl=en

* France: quatre tableaux de maîtres volés ont été retrouvés messages
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/23ef2fca281f055b?hl=en

* UK. Man charged over Lowry art theft
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/71642520d1065603?hl=en

* Stricter Guidelines for Acquiring Antiquities
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/2bc9d43cb121bb5c?hl=en

* Der Rechtsanwalt, der die Rückgabe der 1994 geraubten millionenschweren
Gemälde von William Turner und Caspar David Friedrich organisierte, fürchtet
noch heute die Todesdrohung der Drahtzieher
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/7e9ae79e83c393ec?hl=en

* Man receives 8 months for stealing metal art
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/ffd16161c1268e71?hl=en

* NEW YORK- After a year and a half of discussions, the Association of Art
Museum Directors has announced new guidelines for collecting antiquities
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/08c350e17c87aa18?hl=en

* France. Recuperados un Monet, un Sisley y dos Bruegel robados en Niza en 2007
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/d8b0de39d3dea558?hl=en

* Work on restoring a 1,700-year-old Ethiopian monument is set to be completed by the end of June, it has been revealed.
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/e6b9bd9445e76a88?hl=en

* Bill Reid heist. Fake phone call fooled UBC security in museum heist, police sources say
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/ffa0e2edbe68ec6d?hl=en

* Swiss Art Theft Triggers Sharp Demand For Art Insurance messages
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/093f701926d86562?hl=en

* Baltimore. Steel Sculpture Stolen
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/ee8c78db70b3fd06?hl=en

* U.K. Police have seized Renaissance artworks, £16 million cash, expensive
jewellery and a gun after an unprecedented raid on concrete vaults holding 7,000 safety deposit boxes.
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/dbfbd34d3adc8bbe?hl=en

* Antique shop owner accused of buying stolen property makes first court appearance
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/a3318bde9edec2f4?hl=en

* 8-foot statue of Jesus stolen off cross at Detroit church. DETROIT — Church of the Messiah members repaired copper pipes damaged by thieves and replaced
aluminum gutters stolen over the past few months.
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/fd72e0f74b2d39e2?hl=en

* A man has been charged over the theft of a collection of Lowry paintings worth up to £1m from an art collector’s home in Greater Manchester.
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/4587abc6d3d6a0fc?hl=en

* Huge comic book collection stolen from Bellevue home
 http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network/browse_thread/thread/0687c2efc16ea881?hl=en
http://www.museum-security.org
http://www.museumbeveiliging.com
http://www.handboekveiligheidszorgmusea.nl
http://groups.google.com/group/museum-security-network
http://groups.google.com/group/library-security-and-safety

June 5th, 2008

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Armed robbers attacked staff in Doornik church, Belgium and robbed a very valuable 8th century Byzantine cross. Estimated value € 25 million.

February 19th, 2008

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