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Computers stolen from a Canberran college

By Ntp - 13 August 2007 21

ED (Ntp) – the original post’s details and all subsequent comments by that user have been removed by request of the author but due to the debate that followed I have left the the post it’s self and a basic overview of the issue up.

Sometime over last weekend a number of computers were stolen from a Canberra college CAD lab. These were new computers as of this year, and were very valuable, useful machines.

Like many schools, if not all, those machines were not insured.

If anyone has any info on this theft please contact crimestoppers on 1800 333 000

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asp 11:38 am 14 Aug 07

I know the police do not receive the alarm condition directly, that it goes to a private security company. But what I meant (and should have said more clearly) is the alram system should have been capable of sending the condition back to the security company, who in turn would (if they can’t get there qucikly enough) alert local police.
It’s not like its without precedent. Afterall, the fire alarms at Lanyon High go off all the time in the middle of the night, with the fire brigade there in under ten minutes. Wouldn’t it be logical to have a similar system with the security alarms? The schools are government property afterall. Theft and vandlism occure more often and therfore with more cost than fires at schools. Hopefully if the system is not already in place for security companies to contact police if government property near a police station is under threat, th facility will be introduced in the future.

I will say though that why is the ACT Government paying for private security firms to monitors schools if those irms can’t actually provide adequete responce to act on break ins? Are there any advantages to having a private firm handling security over a direct link to police?

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