Karl Heinz, the co-ordinator of the Works of art department says the new database is "an important tool to counter the traffic in cultural property effectively". He also encouraged increased reporting by INTERPOL member nations:
“Accessibility to stolen art information is a vital contribution to creating public awareness on the protection of cultural property,” said Mr Kind.
“The inclusion of a stolen cultural property item into INTERPOL’s stolen works of art database, and extensive online access to the database, therefore represent an important barrier to the illicit trafficking of a stolen cultural object by making its sale more difficult,” added Mr Kind.This is a remarkable development in a number of ways, and makes it possible for anyone to search. This means it will be far more difficult for a buyer to claim he or she did not have the resources to check into a work's history. Though the database will likely be of limited use for the antiquities trade, it is an important development.