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The 10 biggest Heist of all time in the United Kingdom

Updated: Dec 7, 2020


Any event of theft and burglary cause misery.

Today , we are looking at the reviewing 10 biggest Heist of all time in the United Kingdom.

A heist is a theft of cash or valuable objects such as artworks, jewellery or bullion. This can take the form of either a burglary or a robbery, the difference in English and Welsh law being that a robbery uses force (which means that some of the heists commonly known as robberies were actually burglaries).In order to be listed here, each heist which took place in the United Kingdom is required to have taken a total sum of £1 million or more in cash or goods at contemporary rates.





The largest heist was almost £300 million taken in the City bonds robbery, although the Portland Tiara (stolen in 2018) has never been valued. The locations of the heists vary. Railway trains were plundered in the Great Gold Robbery and the Great Train Robbery and in 1935 there was a robbery at the Croydon Aerodrome. Exhibition spaces such as the Ashmolean Museum, the Christ Church Picture Gallery, the Harley Gallery, the National Gallery and the Whitworth Art Gallery, and stately homes such as Blenheim Palace, Drumlanrig Castle, Ramsbury Manor and Waddesdon Manor have all suffered losses. Graff jewellery shops in London have been attacked several times. Banks, secure warehouses and vaults were targeted in the cases of the Brink's-Mat robbery, the Hatton Garden safe deposit burglary, Knightsbridge Security Deposit robbery, the Northern Bank Robbery and the Securitas depot robbery. The Portrait of Jacob de Gheyn III by Rembrandt has been stolen four times in total. Other paintings subject to theft include works by Paul Cézanne, Goya and Henry Moore. The perpetrators range from individuals such as Kempton Bunton to syndicates like the Pink Panthers.




A13 bullion heist east London 1980 £14.7 million

Baker Street robbery London 1971 £43 million

Bank of America London 1975 £68 million

Barclays Bank robbery Ilford 1970 £3.69 million

Barclays Bank robbery Wembley 1972 £1.83 million

Brink's-Mat robbery Heathrow 1983 £100 million

Chatila heist London 2010 £1.3 million

Christ Church Picture Oxford 2020 £10 million

City bonds robbery City of London 1990 £668.3 million






Watching and Deterring Intruders


• Intruder alarms You may deter some potential burglars if you display evidence that you have fitted an intruder alarm. Others may be scared off if they are breaking in and hear alarm bells go off. Read about different types of burglar alarms and how to buy one.


• Video surveillance Burglars are deterred by closed circuit television cameras monitoring the outside or inside of the building at night and they can also help police to detect the burglars. Stringent codes of practice need to be followed – including ensuring the date and time are incorporated into the recording – before video evidence can be successfully used in prosecution.


• Controlling vehicle access If a burglar cannot bring a vehicle close to your premises because his access is barred you eliminate the ram raider and become less attractive proposition to burglars who depend on vehicles to drive stock away.


• Locking escape routes Commercial burglars often plan to use exit routes that are different from their entry routes. In view of this, you need to make it as difficult to get out as it is to get in. Make sure windows, doors, panic escape bars and internal doors are well locked overnight, and shut off the power supply for loading bay shutters. Make sure rear windows, doors, escape routes, and internal doors are well locked, and isolate the power supply for loading bay shutters.


• Lighting If you install lights that are activated by someone approaching your shop you may deter some potential burglars. Where your shop is overlooked by passers-by you will increase the chances of an intruder being noticed if you simply increase the level of lighting both inside and outside the building. But take care: if your shop is never overlooked at night (say because it is in an out-of-town shopping park) then increased lighting may simply make it easier for burglars to work.


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