UK—Toys have always been a source of joy for children all over the world. But for the sick children staying in hospitals, the need for toys is ever greater. Unfortunately, even the toys that bring smiles to children’s faces are not an exception for thieves.
In many different hospitals all over the UK, toys are being strapped to hospital beds so that they would not get stolen by thieves.
49-year old business man and dad, Dean Beddis, branded the thieves who steal from sick children as “disgusting.”
Dean, who is also a businessman, was so disgusted by the act that he even took a picture of his son playing with a toy chained to a hospital bed by a chain lock.
He said that he was shocked to see the toys chained to beds and that he had complained to the hospital staff on how disgusting that was. Dean’s son, Soren, is currently being treated at Royal Gwent Hospital for Bronchitis. Dean also said that toys weren’t the only ones being stolen from the hospitals but so were medical equipment.
He condemned the actions of the thieves and that it is a poor reflection on society that toys are being stolen while the hospital staff is caring for the children.
The Royal Gwent Hospital is only one of many hospitals experiencing this problem. In fact, thousands of pounds are lost yearly due to the constant stealing and thieving of children’s toys. Toys that get stolen often include, Nintendo Wii, iPads, game consoles as well as phones, shoes and even cash.
In 2012 alone, hospital staff has made 70 stolen property reports. Many people are being advised to keep a constant lookout on their belongings and the thieves that might steal them.
A spokesman for Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, which Royal Gwent Hospital is a part of, has admitted that they get toys and games stolen from their hospitals but that it is not a normal occurrence.
He said that they are advising their staff to lock the more expensive ones. There is also CCTV coverage to provide maximum security for 24 hours in their hospitals.