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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Cumbria police work with Furness General Hospital in Barrow to tackle thefts

CUMBRIA Police are working with Furness General Hospital in Barrow to ensure vulnerable people are protecting themselves against theft.

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Officers, along with security staff from the hospital, have been assessing the hospital to ensure it is as secure as it can possibly be for patients, visitors and staff.

Thefts at Furness General Hospital are infrequent, and have decreased over the last few years, but police said it was important that staff and patients were fully aware of how to keep their property and possessions safe and secure.

There have been four thefts so far in 2013, six last year and seven in 2011.

Sharon Livesey, crime prevention advisor for Cumbria Police said: “The hospital is a busy environment with numerous people coming and going every day.

“It is important that people remember that a hospital is a public area, and as such they need to take simple precautions to keep their property safe.

“Following the joint work between the police and the security staff, a number of changes have been adopted which will reduce the chance of theft.

“However, I would like to take this opportunity to remind anyone visiting a hospital to take care of your personal possessions in the same way you would at, for example, a hotel. If you notice anyone acting suspiciously please tell someone immediately.”

Dan Willis, local security management specialist with the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We take the security of our patients’ possessions extremely seriously and that is why we ask them not to bring anything valuable into hospital with them.

“If for some reason, they have to bring something in that is valuable, they can ask for it to be kept in the hospital safe. All items that are placed in the hospital safe can only be signed in and out by the patient themselves.

“We work extremely closely with colleagues in Cumbria Police to ensure that the hospital is a safe and secure environment for staff, patients and visitors, and will continue to work closely on initiatives of this type.”

Anyone with any concerns or suspicions around theft in a hospital should speak to security staff on site, or call Cumbria Police on 101.

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