CCTV of thieves in upshire primary school

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Thieves in the IT suite at Upshire Primary School Thieves in the IT suite at Upshire Primary School

CCTV images of a primary school break-in have been released.

The footage shows the early morning raid on Upshire Primary School, in Upshire Road, Waltham Abbey, on Wednesday.

Burglars broke into the school grounds at around 3.45am by cutting the padlock on the main gates before opening a window to the school’s IT suite, where they stole 16 laptop computers worth £300 each.

One of the images shows one of the gang lying on the floor to avoid being seen by a passing car.

At around 4am the men escaped in a car which pulled up outside the school.

The incident follows an attempted burglary made at the site in December as well as a break-in at Epping St John's C of E School in Bury Lane, Epping, on December 2.

Anyone with information can contact Essex Police.

The police have not yet revealed if any arrests have been made.

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5:13pm Fri 31 Jan 14

myopinioncounts says...

An IT suite should be as secure as a strong room. The high value and portability of the laptops makes them an attractive and easy target.
Perhaps if school IT equipment was supplied in unattractive 'industrial' style units unavailable for public purchase they could not be so readily sold on.
An IT suite should be as secure as a strong room. The high value and portability of the laptops makes them an attractive and easy target. Perhaps if school IT equipment was supplied in unattractive 'industrial' style units unavailable for public purchase they could not be so readily sold on. myopinioncounts

8:30am Sat 1 Feb 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

myopinioncounts wrote:
An IT suite should be as secure as a strong room. The high value and portability of the laptops makes them an attractive and easy target.
Perhaps if school IT equipment was supplied in unattractive 'industrial' style units unavailable for public purchase they could not be so readily sold on.
Quite right!

Furthermore, are we going to learn that this room was not secured and alarmed? The CCTV should have had motion sensor technology which automatically triggered an alarm. So simple!

Design of such installations should take into account that such burglary attempts are almost a certainty and should be planned for as a matter of course.
[quote][p][bold]myopinioncounts[/bold] wrote: An IT suite should be as secure as a strong room. The high value and portability of the laptops makes them an attractive and easy target. Perhaps if school IT equipment was supplied in unattractive 'industrial' style units unavailable for public purchase they could not be so readily sold on.[/p][/quote]Quite right! Furthermore, are we going to learn that this room was not secured and alarmed? The CCTV should have had motion sensor technology which automatically triggered an alarm. So simple! Design of such installations should take into account that such burglary attempts are almost a certainty and should be planned for as a matter of course. OMPITA [Intl]

9:58am Sat 1 Feb 14

mickbear88 says...

And when caught and appear in court? The defence and magistrates will declare they are victims and give a soft option sentence-and protect them by suppressing their identity. Then free to carry on offending.
And when caught and appear in court? The defence and magistrates will declare they are victims and give a soft option sentence-and protect them by suppressing their identity. Then free to carry on offending. mickbear88

10:35am Sat 1 Feb 14

Chris15 says...

In another part of Essex 6 people have been arrested and bailed for the theft of computers and laptops from 54 schools in Essex and Suffolk worth £150,000.They were bailed until December 2013.
Would they have found the time to fit these Epping and Waltham Abbey thefts into a very busy schedule? Don't these schools share intelligence with each other about these thefts? The thieves must think they are completely daft.
In another part of Essex 6 people have been arrested and bailed for the theft of computers and laptops from 54 schools in Essex and Suffolk worth £150,000.They were bailed until December 2013. Would they have found the time to fit these Epping and Waltham Abbey thefts into a very busy schedule? Don't these schools share intelligence with each other about these thefts? The thieves must think they are completely daft. Chris15

10:07pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

UK sentencing is such that crime really does pay.
UK sentencing is such that crime really does pay. Villagecranberry

2:51pm Tue 4 Feb 14

nessienoodle says...

all these quotes do make me laugh, the school had a burglar alarm, which contacted the security firm which then called the police, what more could be done, the school caretaker living in the school!!!!.
You are all saying this should be alarmed, this should be done, what about the thieves that stole the computers!!!, they are the ones in the wrong not the school, you can only do so much to secure premises, bit like you home, if these people what to steal thing they will, give the school a break and think of the head teacher that had to attend the school in the early hours of the morning, and all the unnecessary work its brought the school !!!!!
all these quotes do make me laugh, the school had a burglar alarm, which contacted the security firm which then called the police, what more could be done, the school caretaker living in the school!!!!. You are all saying this should be alarmed, this should be done, what about the thieves that stole the computers!!!, they are the ones in the wrong not the school, you can only do so much to secure premises, bit like you home, if these people what to steal thing they will, give the school a break and think of the head teacher that had to attend the school in the early hours of the morning, and all the unnecessary work its brought the school !!!!! nessienoodle

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