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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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21 Responses to
Computers stolen from a Canberran college
el 8:23 am 14 Aug 07

asp – what makes you think the installed alarm system has anything to do with the police?

asp 11:32 pm 13 Aug 07

“Many, if not all, public schools have insurance”
That’s both true and false, Allow me to explain. All schools have building insurance which includes certain inclusions. But what pierce said is true, most insurers believe schools to be to greater risk, and therefore either won’t allow cover of contents (such as computers, cameras, science equipment) or will charge ludicrous amounts.

One big question is where were the police. Surely the school had an alarm system that is monitored and capable of informing local police. Given that the station is an eight minute walk away, officers should have been there to catch them in the act. Unless there were a dozen people doing over the college, it would take more than eight minutes to break in, much less get six bulky computers out. I know the police are under resourced, but if response times to alarms at schools aren’t good and the risk of being caught small, then there is very little to deter people from preying on schools as easy targets.

bd84 10:08 pm 13 Aug 07

schools are easy targets, normally not much security and out of the way of everything else. The scum know there will be equipment in them all they have to do is find a way in and.. bingo.. unlikely to find police anywhere here, too easy.

green_frogs_go_pop 9:15 pm 13 Aug 07

So THAT’S what happend next door? (I was in ‘next door’ [ED-(Ntp)] for most of today. Explains why there was suddenly teachers and stuff trying to break open the door, to see how they got in..)

pierce 9:05 pm 13 Aug 07

My understanding is that a lot of insurance companies won’t insure schools because they are soon as too big a risk.

GregW 9:02 pm 13 Aug 07

“It” [ED (Ntp)] is a public school yes? Given the size of the territory education system, doesn’t it make sense not having insurance?

ant 7:50 pm 13 Aug 07

And in all cases, they know exactly where the good stuff is, and what equipment you need to get to it. Definitely not random, or hit and hope expeditions. They knew exactly what was there and how to get to it.

fhakk 6:54 pm 13 Aug 07

Meanwhile police say 2 laptops and 56 ipods were stolen from the Apple centre at the ANU on Saturday morning. 2AM, a smash and grab operation with two guys.
Can this be labeled a crimewave yet?

asp 6:36 pm 13 Aug 07

I would assume it was an inside job by either current or former students. It is a disgrace. They ask why they don’t have better computer, and then when they do get better computers, some thugs steal them.

Being in small business and having to ensure computers (a workstation worth $6000), laptops worth about the same, and expensive cameras and lenses, I know how hard it is to way up the risks vs benefits of insurance. A lot of the time, it doesn’t make good financial sense to ensure.

I am however replacing my current graphics workstation and have informed the school that they can purchase it for a reasonable price if they wish.

deejay 6:03 pm 13 Aug 07

For what it’s worth, I used to be an IT administrator for a school. Our insurance policy for the site had a $2500 deductible. I said, “Hang on, if we get broken into, what gets stolen first? The computers. What’s a computer worth? $1500-2500. Whose budget pays for the difference? Why, that’s my budget!” So we looked into either getting deductible-free insurance or insuring the computers separately, but our broker said it just wasn’t possible. Fortunately we didn’t lose any, but I didn’t sleep well at night.

nyssa76 4:21 pm 13 Aug 07

Ah the second Southside school to have computers stolen in 2 weeks….

I’m all for survellance cameras in schools – but people think it’s bad…mmmkay.

At least we’d catch the little shits in the act.

justbands 3:19 pm 13 Aug 07

Not being insured is complete madness, absolute stupidity.

LG 3:16 pm 13 Aug 07

What’s going on with the education system where a school doesn’t think it needs to insure its expensive equipment???

Let’s introduce ‘Common Sense 101’ into the curriculum.

Maelinar 3:12 pm 13 Aug 07

I would have thought insurance would be covered as part of the schools budget operating costs.

Maybe I’m just old school.

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 3:04 pm 13 Aug 07

Not insured? In a freaking school? You’re kidding right?

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