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Departmental Theft

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps the Department is taking to deter theft from within the Department. (322645)

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills takes thefts seriously, and has long standing policies in place designed to reduce the number of thefts.

To raise awareness of the need for ongoing vigilance we undertake the following:

Poster campaigns in areas such as in the tea points and lift lobbies reminding staff of the threat of opportunist thefts.

Advice on the Department’s intranet site alerting staff that they could be a victim, and advising them what to do in the unlikely event they become a victim.

Frequent foot patrols by our security guards, both in and out of office hours.

There have also been notices to staff published on the Department’s electronic bulletin board reminding staff of the need to protect departmental assets when travelling on public transport and when in public places.

We record thefts in the Department and monitor the trends. If trends deteriorate in a given area, we would put in place further measures to tackle the problem. These could include seminars to staff in affected areas, one to one advice and specific intervention by line managers.

We review our policies frequently making improvements to security when necessary.