When a piece of art is exhibited at a museum or a gallery, the people running the place will do their best to keep it safe. What about street art, though? Who and what protects the works of the artists whose canvas is the city they live in? Stealing a wall that’s been decorated by Banksy is not a very easy task… but theft is not the biggest threat to street art. Paint is.
Art thieves are rarely romantic characters with higher education, in-depth knowledge of art and history, or have sophisticated tastes.