Hospital thefts - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Posted by: George Metaxas, 8/31/04, 6:27 p.m.

Hospital thefts

If you assume your personal stuff is safe when you're admitted to the hospital, think again. In a Target 5 investigation, our undercover cameras gained access to patient rooms at some of the Mid-South's largest hospitals. In the last two years, thieves ripped off 44 people at Baptist East, 56 at The Med and 85 at Methodist University. In all, Memphis police responded to 350 thefts from area hospitals over the last two years. But security officials at hospitals like Baptist East say their employees are trained to keep an eye out for suspicious people. James Polk, Security Manager said, "Every room before you get to a room you are going to come in contact with someone before you get to that room." Security officials at the hospitals we checked out say they have a number of "active" security measures in place to keep theft to a minimum, and recommend patients leave all their valuables, including wallets and IDs with family members or friends.
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