Over the past five years, theft of vital medical equipment
from London Ambulance Service cars and ambulances has cost over
Thieves have stolen numerous items from our vehicles including:
medical gases, paramedic kit bags, drug packs, stab vests,
defibrillators, radio handsets, satellite navigation units,
personal bags, infection kits, mobile phones and uniforms.
Earlier this week a 44-year-old man pleaded guilty to
stealing a mobile data terminal (MDT) from an ambulance attending
to an elderly patient on Spencer Street in Southall.
Jeeta Pankhania, of Homerton Road, was sentenced to four months in
prison and ordered to pay £80 in costs at Isleworth Crown
Director of Operations Paul Woodrow said: “Stealing equipment
from our ambulances and cars while our clinicians are treating sick
and injured patients is putting lives at risk.
“Our vehicles hold vital emergency equipment and these actions
impact on the care we deliver.
“There is also the financial cost to our Service of replacing
“Theft or damage to our vehicles will not be tolerated and we
will work with closely with the Met police to ensure anyone who is
caught stealing or vandalising will be prosecuted.
As well as dealing with stealing of vital equipment, vandalism
is a recurring issue.
Earlier this week a Service fast response car had to be taken
off the road due to offensive graffiti sprayed on the vehicle.
Paul said “These thoughtless crimes are taking our crews and
vehicles off the road and slowing down our response to sick and
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