The Ministry of Culture and Communication announces the publication on http://www.culture.gouv.fr/culture/securite-biensculturels/appli.htm of the guide Security of Cultural Property. From the prevention of theft to the restitution of the stolen object», information guide for public and private owners.
The Ministry of Culture and Communication has a longstanding commitment to the prevention of theft and the fight against illicit trafficking of cultural property. This commitment draws its strength from the conviction that any theft or degradation committed against a cultural property, protected or not under the heritage code, constitutes a real impoverishment of the national heritage.
Within this framework, the actions carried out by the Ministry of Culture and Communication are all conducted in perfect coordination with all the actors involved in the departments of the ministries concerned (justice, police, national gendarmerie, customs, judicial agent of the Treasury) and cover all heritage areas (archives, museums, historical monuments, etc.).
The guide « Security of cultural property. From the prevention of theft to the restitution of the stolen object » thus provides information that is as complete as possible and makes it possible to discover preventive measures such as procedures to follow in the event of theft or rediscovery of stolen property. Thanks to a dynamic and interactive reading, each reader can be redirected to the sites of the appropriate structures to obtain the additional information best suited to his interrogations.
A collective work written by curators, architects, lawyers and police officers, this guide is the fruit of a constant work of cooperation that the Ministry of Culture and Communication wanted to make available to all owners, scientific users and managers. It will undoubtedly enable every citizen to contribute to the preservation and vitality of our heritage conscience.