+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 10 of 10
Hardware Thread, Missing RAM! (Student theft) - Locks for PCs in Technical; In one of our classrooms, a student has broken in to a PC and legged it with a 2GB RAM ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Posts
    948
    Thank Post
    8
    Thanked 34 Times in 26 Posts
    Rep Power
    21

    Missing RAM! (Student theft) - Locks for PCs

    In one of our classrooms, a student has broken in to a PC and legged it with a 2GB RAM stick!!!

    This would be one of our 'PC Maintenance / Workshop' type classrooms for Cisco courses etc.

    Anyway I was thinking if we bought a few of those mini padlocks and used the security hole on the PC (As you may use on your suitcase) it would help stop this happening again?

    Anyone done this?

  2. #2
    Fuzzz's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Location
    Netherlands
    Posts
    120
    Thank Post
    57
    Thanked 10 Times in 9 Posts
    Rep Power
    13
    We use padlocks, as you suggested. We never had theft of components, so it seems to work!

  3. #3


    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    In the server room, with the lead pipe.
    Posts
    4,534
    Thank Post
    271
    Thanked 752 Times in 590 Posts
    Rep Power
    218
    We use steel cable ties. They're sufficiently tricky to remove without shears that most won't attempt it and you don't have to wade through lots of little keys (I'm assuming "classrooms" implies 30+).

    Also, it's absurdly easy to pick or force most mini padlocks of suitcase quality.

    Just check they couldn't also get the ram by bashing in the front of the case.

  4. #4

    tech_guy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    That little bit in the middle of Little Old England
    Posts
    8,106
    Thank Post
    1,901
    Thanked 1,340 Times in 739 Posts
    Blog Entries
    3
    Rep Power
    394
    We always use padlocks and sometimes security cables as well depending on the type of PC and the location. Don't go for the cheap and nasty little padlocks - you can easily break them open with the two-crossed screwdrivers trick. Get some decent ones from your local ironmonger's - the biggest ones that will fit the hole as well (ohhh 'er, missus!).

  5. #5

    FN-GM's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    15,392
    Thank Post
    797
    Thanked 1,588 Times in 1,391 Posts
    Blog Entries
    10
    Rep Power
    427
    I priced up some kensington memory savers. It was cheaper to replace any stolen memory than buy them

  6. #6

    DaveP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Location
    Can't talk now: The mother-ship is calling!
    Posts
    8,310
    Thank Post
    331
    Thanked 1,192 Times in 814 Posts
    Blog Entries
    2
    Rep Power
    1065
    We use padlocks, but only in the rooms that seems to be prone to the problem. We had our friendly local locksmith supply all of the padlocks suited to the same key: Padlock make: ABUS.


  7. #7

    Andrew_C's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Winchester
    Posts
    2,840
    Thank Post
    62
    Thanked 348 Times in 269 Posts
    Rep Power
    149
    The ABUS locks are available in a range of sizes from CPC, the 30mm ones are ideal for PC cases. They also sell them "keyed alike" so you only need one key.

  8. #8

    tech_guy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    That little bit in the middle of Little Old England
    Posts
    8,106
    Thank Post
    1,901
    Thanked 1,340 Times in 739 Posts
    Blog Entries
    3
    Rep Power
    394
    Yes, we use the ABUS padlocks - quite strong.

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Sheffield
    Posts
    53
    Thank Post
    7
    Thanked 8 Times in 5 Posts
    Rep Power
    10
    A low cost option, replace the phillips screws with special security screws?

  10. #10
    Galway's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2007
    Location
    West Yorkshire
    Posts
    1,015
    Thank Post
    6
    Thanked 215 Times in 153 Posts
    Rep Power
    61
    Or the highly expensive one of ensuring teachers are supervising the students ...

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Student Photos - Who's missing?
    By RobFrain in forum MIS Systems
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 3rd February 2010, 07:45 AM
  2. Remote control of student PCs
    By robinhood in forum Learning Network Manager
    Replies: 51
    Last Post: 19th October 2008, 11:40 PM
  3. Checking student's work areas for missing folders
    By SimonWindisch in forum How do you do....it?
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 4th September 2008, 06:03 PM
  4. Student proof PCs
    By SpuffMonkey in forum Hardware
    Replies: 25
    Last Post: 16th May 2008, 11:48 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •