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dc.descriptionB.A.(HONS)HIST.OF ARTen_GB
dc.description.abstractThis is a study about the various sacrilegious thefts that occurred along the years on the Maltese Islands from churches and cemeteries. It also includes a study on the security measures that are taken up by the Church in order to protect its heritage. This research was brought about with the permission of the Police Commissioner and with the help of the Criminal Investigations Department that made available several police files which are classified together with a thorough research on the National Police System which is accessible only by police officers. Due to data protection, police report numbers or file numbers from where the research was made could not be cited in this thesis. From this research emerged that most of the churches across the island are not equipped by any means of security system. Very few have installed some kind of security system such as alarm and sensors and are mostly done after the church has experienced a theft incident. In this thesis theft reports between 1600 and 2014 are discussed where one will notice a shift from the items being stolen. Police records show from the earliest theft reports that the items stolen were by the poor who had the need to sustain themselves during their everyday life in order to live. Nowadays, the robber turns to this kind of crime to sustain an addiction which is normally of drugs and money is needed urgently. When Malta was under the British rule, hard labour was the main punishment for any type of crime while nowadays individuals are given suspended sentences in order to have the chance to reform themselves and have a better life. A detailed description is given on how laws are made and what is defined as theft together with the punishments accompanied to the various types of thefts. Theft can be aggravated by various circumstances and to each and every circumstance a different type of punishment is given to the lawbreaker. From this research various types of theft incidents have been discovered which did not occur only in churches but also in cemeteries. The last chapter discusses the security measures taken up by churches and also inside the cemeteries focusing on the security measures taken up at the Addolorata Cemetery. Churches in Malta are rarely equipped with CCTV cameras or any kind of security whatsoever. Many churches installed CCTV cameras after having suffered from some kind of theft or infringement. In Malta, two Cathedrals are highly secured which are the Mdina Cathedral and its Museum and the St John’s Co Cathedral and Museum in Valletta. Their security measures are discussed in detail. Finally, some suggestions are given on what measures could be taken to enhance the security of valuable objet d’art and the premises.en_GB
dc.subjectChurches -- Security measuresen_GB
dc.subjectCultural property -- Protection -- Maltaen_GB
dc.titleItems stolen from sacred venues and their security measuresen_GB
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dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Maltaen_GB
dc.publisher.departmentFaculty of Arts. Department of History of Arten_GB
dc.contributor.creatorGrixti, Janetta-
Appears in Collections:Dissertations - FacArtHa - 2015

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