Friday, 5 August 2011

York City Council’s £7k bill for stolen mobile phones and computers

CASH-STRAPPED council bosses in York have been saddled with a bill of almost £7,000 to replace lost or stolen mobile phones and computers.

City of York Council employees misplaced 76 phones – all of which were uninsured – in the space of two-and-a-half years, according to figures obtained by The Press under the Freedom of Information Act.

Between June 2008 and the end of last year, 29 phones and five computers bought by the authority and used by staff fell into the hands of thieves, and senior managers are now being urged to adopt a get-tough approach to keeping property safe.

Coun Ian Gillies, leader of the council’s Conservative group, said: “Managers should also be carrying out proper inventories, looking for trends in where things are going missing and taking appropriate action.” 

My comment: Should? Does Councillor Gillies mean they haven't been doing it.

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  1. And at Barnet Council since 1/1/10 they have lost 2 laptops/tablet computers ( never quite sure what to call them ) and had 10 stolen which is odd as they are claimed to be too slow so why do thieves want them ? Do they just dump them in a rubbish bin when they find out ?

    How many not returned by staff or contractors who leave ? No idea as that needs an answer from 462 managers. Yes 462.

  2. It would appear many councils are pretty poor at securing taxpayer funded 'boys toys'. You never know individuals may be making them 'disappear' in order to get the latest model :) Especially since there doesn't appear to be any repercussions when they do go missing.