Infographic: Mobile ICT stolen from almost half of education establishments
For a while now, we’ve been concerned about the number of laptop thefts from UK schools, colleges and universities. Every few weeks we read yet another story about laptops, tablets and other mobile ICT devices being stolen from education establishments, but when we looked for statistics outlining the extent of the problem, we couldn’t find any.
So we carried out our own research.
Although our survey looked at just 100 schools, colleges and universities from across the UK, the results are telling: 45 per cent of educational establishments had mobile ICT stolen – that’s laptops, tablets, gaming devices, netbooks and MP3 players – in the last three years. In 2011 alone, 27 per cent were the victims of mobile ICT theft.
Here’s more of what we found:
So what can you do to help prevent laptop theft?
Firstly, don’t over react, just take care. Think about how you secure your ICT at the moment, and take steps to improve it. Choose how you store your laptops and other devices carefully – is a cabinet or laptop trolley made of wood or plastic going to be secure enough?
We’ve put together a handy ICT security poster and guide on our website, including both no cost and paid for prevention tips to help you secure your mobile ICT. There’s also a case study about how we helped an Essex primary school after they had their laptops stolen twice in two months.
Thank you to all the teachers that took part in our survey, we really appreciate you coming forward.
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