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Asked by reggie13 to DJ, Kyler, Mia, Mick, Peter on 2 Sep 2013.
Keywords: lab, theft
Yes, unfortunately. Some people stole glassware and distillation equipment from a lab where I did my PhD. They were obviously using the glassware to make things in a clandestine lab, which is downright dangerous for them and also illegal. There was some blood on a broken piece of glass, so they cut themselves during the theft, and they also tipped some things in the sink so it was lucky they didn’t start a fire while they were in the lab.
We have pretty good security around our labs. The only people who steal from us are other chemists I work with. The things they take are the expensive types of chemicals that we all use, but luckily it doesn’t happen too much. I lock any chemicals or equipment away in my ‘special’ cupboard.
Since our “equipment” is mostly computer programs, the way to break in is to try to bypass the firewall and steal the programs without even coming to the lab. People definitely try.
Nope, hasn’t happened to me (luckily!) – I do mostly field work rather than lab work (unless you count labradors, but no one has broken into one of those yet!)
Interesting thank you so much
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