Last night , once again , the local scallies stole the wee plastic covered magnet that completes the alarm setting procedure. They had the affront to circle the building like hawks waiting for staff to leave without setting the alarm . Both us and our tenants are paranoid about security so staff stayed inside until reinforcements were called. The engineer said that it is a common problem but had no answer as to why they skimp on pennies when installing a system. Just imagine what the cost would have been if staff simply locked up and hoped for the best. The burglars , has they made it inside, would have made off with equipment worth perhaps £1,000 second hand , if that , for a few minutes work. Not a bad charge - out rate for somebody unregulated whp pays no tax. Cost to the firm....thousands plus a lot of down-time.Fortunately we have dedicated staff who stayed behind. It's at times like this that how you treat your staff make a big difference.
The funny side of it was that I called plod and advised that the gang was still local. Controller said there would be a delay of at least 15 mins due to pressure . Unknown to me they had been called to the same gang a couple of streets away and 2 cars pootled past on blues and twos to attend while I was on the phone (hence no units available for me). I told control that I couldn't wait that long and was getting my mates round with crowbars. "Please don't" she said . "Sorry Madam" , I replied nd hung up. Outcome - a 3rd unit arrives at my office within 3 minutes , just as my mates were turning up. Moral of the story....it's how you tell 'em.