Research found that four in 10 Brits have had something stolen at work in the past month
A survey carried out for security company ADT found that small items such as biscuits, milk, stationery and even clothes were taken from them in the office.
Nearly 40 per cent of people suffered thefts of food.
Stationery, teabags and mugs were other popular targets.
A survey carried out for security company ADT found that small items were taken from the office
Belongings are not sacred at home either, with 37 per cent of family members and flatmates “borrowing” food, and also targeting toiletries, alcoholic drinks and clothes.
Five per cent of those surveyed “booby-trapped” their belongings, while four per cent said they had broken up with a partner as a result of petty theft.
Meanwhile, 33 per cent of respondents admitted committing tit-for-tat thefts against their workmates, flatmates and family.
Nearly 40 per cent of people suffered thefts of food
This shocking research comes as security expert ADT created the MAIA, a smart motion-activated alarm with a camera.
We know that these small incidents really add up and cause a real strain on our relationships
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The nifty device stops thieves in their tracks by catching them out red-handed.
Attach the MAIA to your biscuit tin, desk drawer or fridge, and you can effectively spy on sneaks.
The alarm sends a picture of the thief to your phone as soon as they go near the device.
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A third of those polled admitted to committing tit-for-tat theft against their colleagues
Gail Hunter, from ADT, said: “At ADT we know that these small incidents really add up and cause a real strain on our relationships, generating tension up and down the country and so we wanted to help by creating this limited edition product.
“We’re really excited about our concept design, MAIA, and hope that it offers some peace of mind as well as the opportunity to catch the light fingered fiend in the act."