If one is in uniform one has the cost of lost Govt property docked from one's pay. Civil servants on the other hand appear to be under no discipline whatever regarding public property placed in their charge. So, naturally, as individuals they don't give a hoot when they lose a laptop. From top to bottom NOBODY CARES because no-one has any personal responsibility. Only Govt can change this. And while they are at it they might like to remind the Civil Service that its members are not exempt from the Data Protection Act.