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staff notes monthly

June 2003

Delphi Question - Stolen Car

Delphi Question #501 (received 8 May): Recently a car parked behind FL 2 on a weekday was stolen during work hours. The car was later recovered, completely stripped. Why was this incident not reported to all the staff so that they might take preventive security measures? At the least the staff should be made aware of the fact that their vehicle is at risk of theft in a setting that they probably feel is pretty secure. Is UCAR taking any action to increase security, such as improving camera monitoring?

Answer (received 13 May): Thank you for your question. It is generally not our policy to report these sorts of situations, especially when it is a police matter. This was reported promptly to the police, and they are in charge of the investigation. If there were an imminent threat to life, safety, or health, we would make an all-staff announcement. In this case, we do not believe there was an unusual risk that isn’t inherent in any open parking lots; thus, we did not do an all-staff announcement. We are already upgrading all of our security camera systems and have increased security patrols throughout all of our facilities.

—Steve Sadler, director Safety and Site Services

Questions and suggestions from the staff to management may be submitted in confidence to the Delphi Coordinators. They should be submitted in written form, preferably via interoffice mail in a sealed envelope marked confidential. They must be signed. Detailed procedures for submitting questions are given in the UCAR Policies and Procedures Manual, section 4-1-2, and on the Delphi Web site, www.ucar.edu/delphi. Staff Notes Monthly publishes questions and answers of general interest to staff, and the Delphi Web site has a log of all questions submitted since 1995.

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