$23K in digital equipment stolen from Duveneck

Thefts are the latest in a string of crimes at city schools

Burglars stole an estimated $23,000 worth of computer and digital equipment from Duveneck Elementary School Monday (July 25), Palo Alto police Officer Marianna Villaescusa said Friday.

The burglar or burglars entered the school through a smashed window at 705 Alester St. sometime between 6:30 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. and stole 10 laptop computers, four iPads and 24 iPods. The school is closed for the summer and no suspects have been identified, Villaescusa said.

The burglary is the second at Duveneck in about six weeks. Thieves entered an unlocked window between June 8 and 9 and stole two desktop computers, a laptop, two digital cameras and thumb drives valued at $6,000, according to police.

In a series of other thefts that have hit Palo Alto schools, six digital cameras worth $3,600 in total were taken from a Palo Alto High School classroom during the July 23 weekend.

Two laptops valued at $2,200 in total were taken from a classroom at Gunn High School, between July 21 and 22, according to police.

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Posted by Casey
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 29, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I wonder if the admins have installed tracking apps on the computers, iPads or iPods.

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Posted by spyware
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 29, 2011 at 3:17 pm

Don't all Apple products have built-in spyware that continuously records your location and sends it back to Apple HQ?

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 30, 2011 at 12:28 am

PAUSD needs to install security cameras on all the campuses. Summers and nights are just too inviting for thefts and vandalism. Given how cheap security systems are these days, it boggles that they have not installed them.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of South of Midtown
on Jul 30, 2011 at 11:48 am

Isn't it time for a good old fashioned stake out?

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm

This is flat out unacceptable. If our public schools are going to have luxury electronics like iPADs on hand, which I don't even own myself - (while constantly crying poverty to us taxpayers), the least they can do is properly secure such items. It doesn't take a genius to realize a vacant government property/school over summer could be at risk and should have appropriate security measures as well as commonsense storage of valuables.
IDEA: why don't the elementary schools deliver their valuable portable electronics to DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS for secured SUMMER STORAGE?! Such items should be listed on some inventory and identified with serial numbers or similar, and they can be retrieved by the school secretary at start of the school year and brought back to each school site. I assume district headquarters is sufficiently secure and they are smart enough to properly lock up such items.
Thank you.

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Posted by PTA dollars down the drain
a resident of Community Center
on Jul 31, 2011 at 7:58 am


Good idea for the district to secure valuable cameras and laptops during the summer. Or each school needs to get a POD and send it away to storage during the summer. The Pod is delivered to the school site, and can come back in the fall. A couple of schools can share one, but three months of storage is probably less than $200, compared to 23K?!

PTA foots the bill for these items, raising $23K is not easy!

If the schools are careless about keeping valuables donated by PTA safe, then PTA needs to get involved by asking the schools to have a secure storage plan for summer, and other longer school breaks. Even during school, there has to be a better security plan for the increasing amount of techie valuables, ie a few storage rooms that are monitored by cameras or have alarm doors.

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Posted by Concerned Parent
a resident of Duveneck School
on Aug 1, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Yet another reason to stop trying to "teach" using computers and other unnecessary technology. Let's get back to basics, ie, have teachers TEACH instead of relying on the crutch of technology. Unless students are taking a computer programming class (in high school), there should NOT be a computer, ipad, ipod, etc. in the school building.

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