Mulled wine and festive celebrations can be a dangerous mix and produce unexpected losses for organisations. Wigs, a portaloo, eyelashes and a fire surround are among the most unusual items companies have lost or had stolen according to a new One Poll report commissioned by Avery UK. But these were by no means isolated losses” companies also reported items such as a company mascot, Santa outfit and an open bottle of perfume have disappeared according to the research into the scale of company thefts and losses. In addition to a host of unusual losses the report revealed that almost a quarter of UK companies take no precautions to protect their work tools and equipment yet, around 60 percent of firms admit that having key items stolen or lost would affect their ability to work. ” We have looked at what companies lost and the impact on their business in terms of both cost and time,” said Avery UK labels category manager Ruth Perrin.” But what we also discovered was the amazing range of strange items that companies have had stolen or lost.” In addition to a whole host of strange items, the report reveals that the most common items to be stolen or to go missing are small work tools and stationery followed by keys, electrical equipment and mobile phones. The research was commissioned to mark the launch of the Hands Off Day campaign to encourage more companies to label their valuable work tools. ” Companies in all sectors are affected by a combination of theft and loss and the majority say that any loss would affect their ability to work yet so many do nothing to prevent the problem,” said Perrin.” Companies appear to accept small losses as part of company life.” And while the report highlighted that 60 percent of companies questioned agreed that labelling equipment can act as a deterrent and a third said they thought company theft and losses would be lower if goods were labelled” many still leave their valuable work tools unlabelled. Perrin advises that the most effective deterrent is to lock things away, followed by labelling valuable tools or hiding them.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.