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    Stop students stealing mice

    Anyone got any good ideas to stop students stealing mice?

    Software thats alerts you when theyve been unplugged??????

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    Re: Stop students stealing mice

    call me old fashioned, but shouldn't teachers stop students stealing mice?

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    Re: Stop students stealing mice

    Simple. Find out who was logged on there last and then get the head to grip them and find out who stole it. They then get jumped up and down upon. Once this has happened a few times the word spreads and no more mice get stolen. Failing that a small cable tie around the end of the cable preventing the plug end from sliding though and attached to a hole in the PC chassis does the trick.

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    Re: Stop students stealing mice

    We have room check sheets that staff have to sign at the end of every lesson - which doesnt always solve problems like that.
    We tie-wrap the mouse/keyboard/monitor together @ the back of the computer to stop them running off with the mice. The 'trap door' for the mouse ball is glued shut.

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    Re: Stop students stealing mice

    Another way is to be bloody awkward about repairing any willful damage - just don't replace the mouse for two weeks. This will have the effect of waking staff up to stop things like that happening...
    ...or network camera (or dummy) in the room with a big poster saying that acts of vandalism and theft will be reported to the police with video evidence - that'll put them off!

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    Re: Stop students stealing mice

    in my school (s) teachers are stealing the mice!

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    Re: Stop students stealing mice

    there was uni ner here whose replaced all the keyboards and mice with wireless ones then strapped them all down to the desk ????

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    Re: Stop students stealing mice

    Cable ties and optical mice here

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    Re: Stop students stealing mice

    Quote Originally Posted by russdev
    there was uni ner here whose replaced all the keyboards and mice with wireless ones then strapped them all down to the desk ????

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    How do you move the mouse then?

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    Re: Stop students stealing mice

    Quote Originally Posted by Netman
    Another way is to be bloody awkward about repairing any willful damage - just don't replace the mouse for two weeks. This will have the effect of waking staff up to stop things like that happening...
    ...or network camera (or dummy) in the room with a big poster saying that acts of vandalism and theft will be reported to the police with video evidence - that'll put them off!
    That is quite a good point. many staff are quite blase (sp?) about this 'minor' theft and it is only us who get to see the mounting costs and inconvienience. If allowed to continue it also fiosters an attitude amongst the puipls that it is OK to abuse the IT equipment as there are plenty of spares and it is not really a crime at all as the school does not mind. IMHO vandalism and theft of IT equipment should be a priorty of teachers and SMT staff to nip in the bud.

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    Re: Stop students stealing mice

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartKnight
    call me old fashioned, but shouldn't teachers stop students stealing mice?
    It would seem that's not their job. One teacher in particular was getting through loads (99 in the space of 5 months - he blamed the supply teachers) and despite showing him the invoices for the new mice, and the fact that we'd been recording which classes they were going to, he wouldn't accept the figures, and neither would his head of department.
    I also found that because of the cable ties, the mice were being separated from their usb/ps2 plugs. The techies can't be in the classes all the time, there are other jobs to do around the school, so in my opinion the teachers should be trying to keep an eye on thses things.
    It can be very demoralising working in those sorts of conditions where even brand new equipment is quickly vandalised, and all the techies are doing is fire fighting. I'm lucky in that I found a job in a better behaved school, where teachers and techies work in harmony, we've never had a machine go down (all Windows 95) and the taps in the gents dispense cold beer. Nurse!

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    Re: Stop students stealing mice

    guess what? we don't have taps in our gents. i don't even think we have drains.

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    Re: Stop students stealing mice

    ...that was not a typo - i meant drains (not brains, although come to think of it...)

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    Re: Stop students stealing mice

    Have you considered shock therapy?

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    Re: Stop students stealing mice

    Marine grade stainless steel cable ties - which can't be cut with a pen knife or small scissors, optical (no mouse ball theft), USB (no crunching up the pins in the plug. I lieu of finding mice with steel armature cables, I buy the very cheapest I can find to that spec - £1.99 from Ash Distribution (up in the North East somewhere). As is stated - some teachers just don't seem to care - but then they end up teaching in the rooms with the crappiest equipment - karma baby

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