Police record almost £1m per year being stolen from care home residents

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Almost one million pounds worth of jewellery, cash and other possessions are being stolen every year from elderly residents in care homes.

The Mail on Sunday asked police forces across the country for details of care home incidents and calculated that more than five thefts per day have been recorded over the past three and a half years, with a total of £2.7 million worth of money and goods being stolen.

The crimes also included scams that allowed criminals to steal from residents’ bank accounts.

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Greater Manchester Police recorded the highest number of thefts, with 1,031 incidents, with £426,713 stolen in the three-and-a-half years from January 2012.
“These figures are likely to only be the tip of the iceberg,” said Eileen Chubb, founder and director of charity Compassion In Care. “We need to improve the checks on people getting jobs in care homes.”

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  1. My mother died in December and we were not allowed to go in and collect her belongings. To cut a long story short a list of her belongings was made by the home worker and items collected. We were not provided with a copy of the list my son had to sign and when we did get a copy found that several rare, valuable items were missing. Th home OSJCT Warminster carried out THEIR investigation and whilst every piece of worthless items was listed but.. not these! Now the home is saying we need to provide proof of value for items that are some 40 years old(limited John Somerville sculptures. They are not prepared to even meet a nominal value. Was it legal for them to preclude us from collecting mum’s things? We even now regret donating furniture etc to the home to help those less well off. She was in the home for some 5 years and self funding so even the Local authority are not interested I am sure.

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