Who investigates stolen art?

INTERPOL (the International Criminal Police Organization) “facilitates cross-border police co-operation” and has 190 member countries, including the United States. INTERPOL works to combat the theft of art and cultural property.

How do I report stolen art?

If your artwork fits this description, ask the police to add the theft to the NSAF. Keep in mind you cannot report a theft to the NSAF yourself, the police must file the report. Tip: Keeping an image and a detailed record of each piece’s provenance and current value on Artwork Archive will expedite this process.

How do you deal with stolen art?

If you’ve decided you want to move forward with legal action, the next step is to talk to an attorney about sending your offenders an official cease and desist letter to stop their use of your artwork and about getting reimbursed for the profit and potentially the damages you are owed.

What is stealing someone’s art called?

Art theft, sometimes called artnapping, is the stealing of paintings, sculptures, or other forms of visual art from galleries, museums or other public and private locations. Stolen art is often resold or used by criminals as collateral to secure loans.

Who investigates art theft in the UK?

The Metropolitan Police

The Metropolitan Police Art and Antiques Unit is a branch of the Specialist, Organised & Economic Crime Command within London’s Metropolitan Police Service. The unit’s purpose is to investigate art theft, illegal trafficking and fraud. The UK art market is the second largest in the world.

Can you sue someone for stealing your artwork?

“People take, right? But you can’t sue them over it unless you’ve registered with the copyright office,” says Lehman. If you’re concerned someone may infringe upon your original work, the best way to protect your rights is to register with the copyright office.