Council’s £60,000 lost and stolen equipment bill

Sheffield Town Hall viewed from across the Peace Gardens.
Sheffield Town Hall viewed from across the Peace Gardens.

Security has been beefed up at Sheffield Council premises after almost £60,000 of laptops, cameras, phones and computer equipment was lost or stolen over three years.

Figures released to The Star under our Your Right to Know campaign showed £57,887 worth of items had to be replaced – more than £30,000 of which was stolen.

The total was £20,644 in 2011, £20,073 in 2012 and £17,170 for the first 10 months of 2013.

Twelve of 19 laptops written off over the period – each worth £1,330 – were stolen in three burglaries.

Sheffield Council cabinet member for finance Coun Ben Curran said: “Security at all council establishments has been reviewed as a result of the break-ins.

“We take the loss or theft of information and computer technology equipment very seriously and this is an area we review regularly and have a number of policies in place to help prevent this.

“We aim to minimise any risks and have an information security policy and code of conduct to ensure that staff are responsible for the equipment they use and are required to take the necessary precautions to ensure its safety,” he said.

Mobile phones, each worth £40, were the biggest casualties at Sheffield Council, with 111 lost and 29 stolen between 2011 and 2013.

Blackberry smart phones, valued by the council at £180 each, had the second-highest figure - 45 lost and 19 stolen.

Eight laptop computers each worth £1,330 were lost and 19 were stolen.

There were 284 items lost or stolen at Sheffield Council between January 2011 and the end of October 2013, which also included four PCs, each worth £1,116, a £210 digital camera, two PC monitors worth £108 each and a projector valued at almost £500.

At Barnsley Council during 2011/12 and 2012/13, two laptops were damaged, costing £3,000 to replace, five Blackberry smartphones were lost and one stolen and 10 mobile phones were lost or stolen.

Eight PCs and three computer monitors were damaged at a cost of £3,500