On 18 October, a news release from INTERPOL said that a survey using data provided by 72 countries across all world regions, offers an unprecedented overview on cultural property crime trends and routes.  It says that cultural property crime has continued unabated throughout the global COVID-19 pandemic and in some cases even surged to new heights.  In total, 854,742 cultural property objects were seized globally in 2020, including numismatic items (coins, money or medals), paintings, sculptures, archaeological items and library materials – more than half of these items were seized in Europe.  However, its also says that in May, it launched the ID-Art mobile app, enabling users ranging from law enforcement to the general public to gain mobile access to the INTERPOL database, create an inventory of private art collections and report cultural sites potentially at risk.

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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