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Stolen SEA laptop recovered
Minister of Education Dr Tim Gopeesingh said the “SEA” laptop, recently stolen from a Form One student in the Barataria area, has been recovered by the police, “thanks to the security software application installed in the computer to help in exactly this kind of situation.” The minister was high in praise for the speedy work done by officials of his ministry as well as by police officers. He added:“This proves that the system works and the combination of technology and conscientious officials of the State are unbeatable forces to protect both our students and the laptops they recently received from us.”
He said the laptop was stolen from the bag of a Barataria-South Secondary School student two weeks ago on Don Miguel Road, San Juan. The report, however, was made to the ministry some days later and that was immediately followed by a visit to the school by the ministry’s IT manager Calvin Ramnath. He contacted the technicians who make and operate the computrace software installed in all the laptops distributed by the ministry. Computrace activated its “watch” and within a couple of hours the stolen computer was located when it was used to log on to the internet. Computrace personnel were able to pinpoint the exact location of the computer.
They notified the police and officers of the Police Cyber Unit and the Barataria Police Station went to the address. It was being used by a computer technician who said it had been brought to him for repairs and he was logging on to the net to effect the repairs. It is now in the hands of the police and investigations are continuing. The student and his parents are reportedly relieved to know the computer will soon be back with them.
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