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Tracking equipment leads to recovery of stolen school computer


Thieves had better think twice before stealing a computer from the Fort Worth, Texas, school district, reports the Dallas Morning News: Fort Worth school officials say police have recovered a laptop computer taken from one of their schools because a tracking device had been installed on it. The laptop, valued at $1,500, was lifted from a classroom at Polytechnic High School in late October while the teacher was at a meeting. The computer did not contain any personal information about students, officials said. The Fort Worth school district had recently bought Lo/Jack tracking technology for its computers. Police tracked the stolen computer to a Fort Worth home, where it was recovered just before the end of the year. Criminal charges are pending, officials said. "This is notice that if you steal our computers, we will find them and prosecute you," said Kyle Davie, the district’s chief technology officer. The system costs roughly $50 per computer, officials said. The tracking company has a big incentive to make sure it works: It has to pay $1,000 to the district if a stolen computer isn’t found…

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