Theft Act 1968

‘A person is guilty of theft if he dishonestly appropriates property belonging to another with the intention of permanently depriving the other of it.’ Thefts from museums may be from:

  • The collections
  • Visitors – pickpockets and bag snatchers
  • Display counters and shops
  • Stores and equipment

There are more serious forms of theft:

  • Robbery – where a person steals and in doing so uses force or puts the person robbed in fear of force
  • Burglary – where a person enters any building or part of a building as a trespasser with intent to commit theft or other offence.

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Date created: 1968

Author: UK Government