General Chat Thread, Stolen/Vandalised IT equipments in General; +1 for cable tie the leads to the network cable.
We went through several phases of keyboards & mice being ...
10th June 2014, 11:31 AM #16
+1 for cable tie the leads to the network cable.
We went through several phases of keyboards & mice being either moved to the front ports (WHY?!) or swapped to the adjacent machine (presumably for the chaos that causes)
All stopped once I deployed my magic cable ties.
10th June 2014, 11:43 AM #17
- Rep Power
This is true most teachers don't give a damn, they just want the equipment replaced.
That is a good idea, charging the department for it, but unfortunately we don't do this here.
Cable ties, we have cable tied them, but while this may reduce theft it does not stop vandals, and when you need to replace a broken mice, you have to cut through all the cable ties that you put on originally.
10th June 2014, 11:45 AM #18
- Rep Power
Charging the department is the best idea. Doesn't cost the IT support anything, we just replace it and it comes out their budget. They will soon look after their equipments
10th June 2014, 11:51 AM #19
Cant stop general damage - we tried cable ties but still had mice / KBD moving. In the end we replaced all our suite machines with ones with a lockable panel at the back with all the cables inside, popped security screws in for added protection. This is what we use but other venders have similar ones:
The Novatech Pro NAI13
Not had a mouse / keyboard stolen and no more instances of "There is no mouse /kbd on all these machines!" - "yes they are all plugged into this one!"
10th June 2014, 11:51 AM #20
Whenever I change stuff that's been damaged/stolen/'vandalised I will email by LM giving the details. I also create a help desk call and process it like any other calls.
I feel its a bad idea to change it without leaving a paper trail.
I do like cable ties
10th June 2014, 11:52 AM #21
Motion activated CCTV it's the only way to go, since we put that in (at ICT teachers request) the incidents of stupid damage (keys swapped and usb/ps2 ports swapped round) has dropped to nil, it's even stopped them picking the Dell badges off the fronts and if you do have something happen you can identify the guilty party and bill the parents, that's what we do here bill goes home for replacement parts and our time at £30 an hour
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