Thieves outsmart Gauteng’s hi-tech schools


Thieves outsmart Gauteng’s hi-tech schools

Millions’ worth of laptops, tablets and smartboards have been stolen from 62 schools


Thieves have found a seemingly lucrative one-stop shop for electronic goods – Gauteng’s smart schools are proving to be easy pickings.

Yet security measures have been largely left to the schools, with those that can afford it employing the services of private security companies. At some schools, the department deploys patrollers to guard the premises and report any untoward activity to the police.

“In terms of protecting ICT [Information and Communications Technology] equipment, all classroom LED boards have been equipped with early detection and tracking software and hardware backed up by a dedicated recovery unit who also work closely with SA Police Service,” provincial education spokesperson Steve Mabona confirmed...

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