Preventing a school heist

When you hear about a robbery, you typically think of a home or business robbery. But do you ever wonder what would happen if someone broke into your school? Or if someone stole your Chromebook on the bus? It sounds like it would never happen, but it always helps to have a plan. As for breaking into the school, the first step to prevention is cameras. Cameras outside our school buildings, like those pictured below, help to identify those who are on the school grounds who are not supposed to be. Also, there is an alarm at the school, to dissuade any would be robbers or thieves. The alarm notifies the authorities, and it’s highly unlikely that thieves would get away with anything.

Cameras posted outside G building at FHS.
Cameras posted outside G building at FHS.

One of the things that has the highest probability of being stolen is your Chromebook. What can you do if your Chromebook is stolen? Forbush librarian Mrs. Frazier provided some answers. First step is to report that your Chromebook is stolen. Nothing can be done if no one knows it’s gone. Then she says she contacts the county office, which then locks both your device and Google account. She then described a process known as pinging, where the county office can track your Chromebook via GPS. That location is turned over to the authorities, where the law can take it from there.

Since I knew that teachers also have laptops, I wondered if the process to retrieve a stolen laptop was the same as the process for a stolen chromebook. Unfortunately the process is not as simple. Mrs. Frazier said that since the laptops are made by Dell, and not Google, the county office can’t ping the laptop’s location. All Mrs. Frazier can do is give the authorities the serial number of the device. Then it is left up to the authorities to find it.

Band room doors are locked and secure to protect from theft.
Band room doors are locked and secure to protect from theft.

In another part of the school, the band room probably has the highest amount of valuables, filled with thousand dollar instruments. So, I asked Forbush’s band director if there was any kind of protection against stolen instruments. He says that he doesn’t think there is insurance. But the doors stay locked and also protected by the alarms and cameras.

Wesley Warden is a senior of Forbush High School as well as Yadkin Virtual Academy of Journalism.

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