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Best method of Locking down computers (theft prevention)

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Our lab was robbed last night of 6 G5s and 7 23" monitors. All computers were locked with cable locks but were obviously cut...very easily.

Does anyone have any better methods of locking computers down to make it very difficult to remove hardware? These cables broke like strings and our cameras have not been installed yet (they're going in tomorrow).

We're replacing the computers with all new Mac Pros and screens, any suggestions would help.

Thanks gang.
Powermac G5s, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • AppleNewton Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
    Im very sorry to hear that, very unfortunate and ridiculous.
    (btw id suggest reporting the serial numbers of the computers & displays to any local pawn shop, computer store, online ad posting, look out on ebay or any place else that might distribute apple systems...just in case something shows up)

    but as far as i know my local audio lab uses these for MacPros & G5's:
    http://www.loxit.com/cpctower.htm

    the loxbar tower case.

    for monitors, im not 100% sure as i havent been able to find anything reliable or decent for them, try that out an dsee if that will work for your lab.

    goodluck with it all!!
    MacPro2.66 : : 2GB : : 500GB : : ATI X1900XT // MacBookPro 2.2 : : 2GB : : 120GB, Mac OS X (10.4.9), XP Pro Sp2 : : 500GB / / iPod 30GB 5th Gen. Black
  • Drooparus Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
    Cool program! (Undercover)
    '08 Mac Pro - 8 Core - 3Ghz - 2g RAM, 17" iMac G5 - 2.0Ghz - 1g RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • samuel1 Level 2 Level 2 (150 points)
    that is a really cool program - the picture taking for the laptops is just amusing.....
    Mac Pro 2.66GHz Intel Quad-Core w/ 3GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.1), PreSonus Firepod Audio Interface
  • l_elephant Level 2 Level 2 (375 points)
    i just installed SMARTreporter and i was wondering how you configured it to send mail?

    Are you saying the thieves are hooked up to the net and SMARTreporter is using their email account or yours? I mean did you check off
    "use the preferences of Mail.app" or
    "use the following SMTP setup" ?

    I ask because i don't use my ISPs email service, but rather the free web-based services and i don't think SMARTreporter could use that.


    John, when you say that your computers emailed you from a queens address, you mean internet address, yes?
    Did the police say that this was going to be useful?

    As far as the undercover software, seems pretty good, especially with their money back guarantee. Makes me want to install it on a used cheaper computer just to follow it with friends, like instead of watching a mystery movie. Especially with the camera phone-homes.

    My only question is, how many computers are resold as is, and how many are 'prepared' for resale, maybe with a clean install of the system, so as to 'cover their tracks'.

    The web site mentions that FBI statistics reveal that 97% of stolen computers are never recovered. We know that 70 to 85% of all crime is related to drugs. Now i would tend to think that those thefts done by addicts in need of cash for an immediate fix don't concern themselves with such questions, but those to whom they sell might. And we know that sometimes things are specifically 'ordered' by fences. That kind of preparation implies more organisation. Maybe more diligence to cover their tracks and knowledge about the systems in question.
  • Charles Dyer Level 4 Level 4 (2,610 points)
    Have you tried improving physical security, other than the cameras and the 'club'? Better doors, better locks, cameras outside the room, that kind of thing?
    iMacG5 2.1GHz 2.5GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5), eMac 1.25 GHz 2 GB, assorted Windows boxes
  • Charles Dyer Level 4 Level 4 (2,610 points)
    It looks as though you've covered everything, except firing the old guards and replacing them with new ones, which isn't something you can do.

    I agree that this looks very much like an inside job. At least it would be very hard to convince me that someone on the guard force wasn't compliant. At the very least the outside cameras should have shown someone carrying the computers outside. That you're on the 2nd floor makes it even more obvious that someone on the guard force is involved. No physical security method will work if the guards aren't trustworthy.
    iMacG5 2.1GHz 2.5GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5), eMac 1.25 GHz 2 GB, assorted Windows boxes

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