The Art Loss Register
, which tracks art theft around the world, recently provided Arts Journal
with a list of the countries where the most works of art have been stolen, and the good news is that the U.S. is only the second riskiest place to own art, after the U.K. In the last three years nearly 7,000 artworks registered with ALR have been stolen in the Britain, about a thousand more than were reported in the States. Arts Journal
rightly points out that the numbers are probably skewed to over-report art theft in the U.S. and U.K. since ALR is based in London and New York, and many thefts probably go unreported in certain countries (say, Russia and China, for instance).
So, if you're an international art thief, you'll probably want to split your time between heisting in the U.S. and Britain (Brazil and Iraq are increasingly popular too). If you want to start a collection that will be safe from the Thomas Crowns of this world, Hungary, Poland and Canada are looking good right now. (Artinfo)