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Guns, phones, laptops among items stolen from federal government 0

By Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

QMI AGENCY PHOTO

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OTTAWA - Stolen and deliberately damaged property is a $1.9-million problem in the federal civil service.

The 2011-12 federal public accounts include an itemized list of stuff that's gone missing, including 56 "weapons and accessories" from National Defence and Canadian Forces (DND), along with dozens of other pieces of equipment.

Parks Canada was the victim of the single most-expensive theft of taxpayers' property - a $97,000 "special vehicle" that's gone missing.

The report doesn't include any detail on the vehicle, but notes officials have given up hope of recovering it.

Most of the thefts were more mundane, with sticky fingers usually picking up BlackBerrys, other cellphones and laptop computers.

Vandalism pops up as a problem in several departments, especially for government vehicles.

And Correctional Service of Canada reports more than $93,000 in damage caused by hundreds of inmate riots, as well as intentional fires, broken water pipes and smashed windows.

Accidents were also costly for taxpayers last year.

The report lists $8.6 million worth of items lost, damaged, or destroyed by mistake.

"Loss or damage to weapons and accessories" surpassed $120,000 at DND.

Often, civil servants misplaced small items, such as access cards, cellphones or computer equipment.

However, big stuff went missing too, including a $3,000 promotional kiosk for the Public Works Department and $16,000 worth of Senate broadcasting and audio-visual equipment.

 

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