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Met Police lose 809 smartphones and laptops in three years

Freedom of Information request reveals
Wed Apr 24 2013, 15:35
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THE METROPOLITAN POLICE SERVICE (MPS) has lost 809 smartphones and laptops in the past three years, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

V3's Freedom of Information request has revealed that the MPS has misplaced a total of 649 mobile phones since 2010, 114 of which were Blackberry devices. It also revealed that Met Police lost 24 laptops and 136 PDAs during the same three years. Interestingly, the response shows that the Met Police have yet to misplace any tablet devices.

While these numbers sound quite alarming on first impressions, the Met Police have revealed that the 181 mobile phones it lost in 2010 were just 0.9 percent of the devices in use at the organisation.

"The Met is a large organisation which employs around 50,000 people. When a phone is lost or stolen, it is immediately deactivated," a spokesperson from the Met Police told V3.

This revelation comes just a weeks after it was revealed that BBC staffers lost £750,000 worth of electronics kit in 36 months.

Head over to V3 for the full lowdown on the devices misplaced by the Met Police. µ


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