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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-17703: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 16 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it has any plans to make the theft, vandalism or misuse of community defibrillators a specific offence, and what its response is to reported concerns about the incidence of these.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 16 August 2018

Police and prosecutors already have powers available to them to deal with the theft, vandalism or misuse of community defibrillators. These offences potentially put lives at risk but according to the UK Resuscitation Council, instances of Public Access Defibrillator theft and vandalism is relatively uncommon.