Laboratory Thefts-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Laboratory Thefts


You probably remember reading recently that the person responsible for a number of thefts of laboratory precious metals was apprehended.  This should be a reminder that our labs have many items that are either very valuable or very dangerous in the wrong hands.  It is necessary that we do our best to prevent thefts of these items.  The first and easiest step is to ensure that your laboratory doors are locked at all times when there is no one present in the lab.  Thieves are easily able to monitor the comings and goings of lab personnel and manage to slip in and out if the lab is not occupied even for a short time. 

It is also important to identify items of special value and special hazards and to provide additional security for them.  This may include locked cabinets or drawers, or limited access rooms.  Please don't make things easier for the thieves!  Finally, if you do notice something missing, contact University Police immediately. 

By: Mark Banister,, 412-268-1493