The subject of many films and books, art theft is a fascinating topic that continues to capture the popular imagination. However, it is one of many types of art crime that remain under-researched and which require much more academic, empirical investigation. This book examines who is performing, managing, governing and controlling the securitization and policing of art theft in London. Through giving the first map of the policing and securitization of one of the world’s largest centres of art, it helps our understanding of art security at city, national and international levels and offers practical recommendations for those who operate within art security. Providing the first clear single account of the London art security terrain, this book also advances current knowledge of policing, environmental criminology and insurance. Moreover, it adds to the previous research into the traditionally restricted worlds of private policing, public policing and the art world.
’This book places art firmly on the criminology stage. Kerr extends criminology’s boundaries - empirically and theoretically. The Securitization and Policing of Art Theft provides much grist for thought.’ Clifford Shearing, Griffith University, Australia, University of Cape Town, South Africa and University of Montreal, Canada ’This book shines a bright light onto art theft, an often-neglected corner of criminology. It provides a wonderful account of the complex policing and security arrangements that protect and securitize� art and other cultural artefacts. Essential reading for anyone interested in crime in the art world, this book provides a solid scholarly foundation for understanding a difficult criminological issue.’ James Sheptycki, York University, Toronto, Canada ’John Kerr’s theoretically and methodologically innovative analysis of the securitization and policing of art theft in London breaks new ground. Building on unprecedented access to key players in this under-researched arena, Kerr illuminates the complex intersections of art crime, environment, insurance, public and private policing, governance and risk. This comprehensive examination of the co-production of security in a global city is a must read for scholars and students alike.’ Chris Greer, City University London, UK