250 computers stolen from Gauteng schools in 2019

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On March 13, 43 computers were taken from Boikgantsho Primary School in Mamelodi. Seven days later, 47 computers were stolen from Greenfields Primary School in Katlehong.

On May 11, 55 computers were stolen from Keketso Primary School in Katlehong.

On June 4, 49 computers were taken from Walter Sisulu Primary School in Centurion, while Winnie Mandela Primary School in Tembisa lost four computers 10 days later.

The latest incident was on July 18, when thieves stole 49 computers from Moduopo Primary School in Tembisa.

In the Western Cape, four computers were stolen from Raithby Primary School on July 8.

Jason Mordechai, MD at 7 Arrows Security, said it was frightening that the robbers seemed to have worked out how to overcome the physical barriers to entry and were gaining access to school properties relatively easily.

He said the roof was often used as an entry point.

“Many schools house their security systems in the roof, which gives criminals the added advantage of cutting the system before they have been detected,” Mordechai said.

He warned that security systems should never be housed in the roof or ceiling.

Meanwhile, Gauteng education MEC Panyaza Lesufi on Wednesday disclosed that a school in Midrand had been robbed twice in two months⁩. He tagged the police in his tweet and declared: “We will never postpone the future … of our children because we are scared of criminals.”





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