Bad news for laptop thieves

PUBLISHED: 11:44 10 November 2006 | UPDATED: 22:21 28 May 2010

A group of Kingsfield pupils reinforce the warning to would-be computer thieves - Pic: Brian Purdy

A group of Kingsfield pupils reinforce the warning to would-be computer thieves - Pic: Brian Purdy

A NEW tracking system which can trace stolen computers was launched this week at Kingsfield School in Chatteris, where 15 laptops were stolen in June. Six months earlier 16 laptops were stolen in another burglary. Education ICT Service, a business unit

A NEW tracking system which can trace stolen computers was launched this week at Kingsfield School in Chatteris, where 15 laptops were stolen in June.

Six months earlier 16 laptops were stolen in another burglary.

Education ICT Service, a business unit of Cambridgeshire County Council has joined forces with Dell in a bid to reduce laptop thefts from schools.

Computertrace is a theft protection service that tracks, locates and recovers stolen computers.

Councillor John Powley, Cambridgeshire County Council's cabinet member for corporate services, said: "This is an exciting and innovative initiative which will be bad news for computer thieves. The software is embedded, undetectable and non removable.

"The theft of computers from schools holds up vital education for the county's schoolchildren, so I am delighted that we have teamed up with Dell for this initiative. I hope it spells the end of computer theft from schools.

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