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Campus Crime: London School of Economics reports over £250k of thefts

 

Laptops, mobile phones, and Rolex watches reported as lost or stolen by students and staff

 

London, 8th June 2022 The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), a leading research institution, has recorded nearly £250,000 in stolen electronic devices, including laptops, tablets and phones, over the past five years according to official figures.

 

The data which was retrieved via the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) and analysed by the Parliament Street think tank, observed the number of stolen electronic devices from LSE year on year from 2017 to 2022, as well as the total cost of devices lost.

 

In total, £242,744 worth of devices were listed as stolen, with laptops, tablets and phones accounting for 78 per cent of the devices.

 

Overall, the 208 stolen laptops, tablets and phones totalled £189,934 worth of lost devices, with 126 laptops, 61 phones and 21 tablets reported as stolen.

 

The year with the greatest monetary loss was 2017, with 54 stolen devices totalling £50,740 whilst 2019’s 57 stolen devices was the highest volume of devices during the reporting period.

 

Outside of laptops, tablets and phones, a further £52,810 in devices including network switches, cameras and a Rolex watch were reported stolen.

 

The news comes following the government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey, revealing that an alarming 92 per cent of universities have been targeted a cyber-attack in the past 12 months.

 

Cyber crime expert Achi Lewis, Area VP EMEA for Absolute Software, commented: “Large organisations naturally have a greater task of ensuring that devices are fully protected, and the vast number of interactions that happen at universities like LSE can increase the chances of devices being stolen or misplaced. As such, it is essential that cybersecurity measures are put in place, such as resilient zero trust solutions to restrict the access of malicious actors trying to breach stolen devices.

 

“Particularly in industries like the education sector, it is essential that staff, and even students, are properly trained on the key security issues at hand given the volume of sensitive data stored across devices. Effective training will not only aid the prevention of breaches, but also assist staff and students on how to react once a device has been stolen.”

 

Konica Minolta’s Intelligent Video Solutions and 3600 cameras provide The Sweyne Park School with a surveillance system that evolves with its needs

London, UK, 16 March 2022

Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd today announces that its Intelligent Video Solutions (IVS) and MOBOTIX c26 3600 cameras are protecting pupils, staff, and property at The Sweyne Park School in Rayleigh, Essex. The highly accurate and comprehensive 3600 vision capability has enabled the school to reduce a number of analogue cameras (and the associated costs and resources required to operate them), whilst also enhancing the quality to 4K resolution.   

 

The solution has also provided The Sweyne Park School with the flexibility to install the equipment themselves, without expensive third-party subcontractors. Dan Joslin, Network Manager at The Sweyne Park School commented, “It’s so easy to install that we can now fit and configure additional cameras within 20 minutes. The quality of the images returned are second to none, providing clarity that is above and beyond what our previous solution would provide. In addition to the 3600 viewing, the solution provides comfort that there won’t be any blackspots in viewing, providing 24/7 security for everyone within the school grounds.” 

 

The school is using the solution to survey the corridors, dining rooms and vulnerable areas. Konica Minolta’s IVS and cameras also deliver unrivalled levels of cyber security with powerful inbuilt and constantly up-to-date end-to-end cyber protection against hacker attacks – at no extra cost. This market-leading technology robustly protects the wider IT systems of the school, along with the paramount safety of pupils and staff. 

 

Producing exceptionally high-quality images, even in low light, the Konica Minolta interior cameras are mounted flush to the ceiling and utilise cloud-based technology. They also feature built in and highly secured and encrypted Digital Video Recording (DVR) management technology. A MicroSD card is fitted into the camera as backup storage which continues to capture video recordings should the external network connection or recording fail for any reason. Upon reconnection, the camera re-syncs the recordings with the central cloud-based storage.

 

Highly cost-effective and simple to scale to any network size, Konica Minolta IVS solutions make it easy to add more cameras and any required additional storage. No dedicated servers, recording or software licences are needed, saving time and money both upon the purchase of the system and during its lifetime. This low maintenance solution is perfect for any location, having been built to withstand all weather conditions and temperatures, without requiring any additional housing or protection.

 

Additionally, The IVS solution has the capability to use audio to broadcast messages, alerts, and pre-recorded files to support the management of the school. This will form part of the implementation of a programme of pre-recorded lockdown security drills, with audio files providing guidance for pupils around fire safety, crowd management, and general safety. 

 

Gary Fletcher-Moore, Head of Sales – Intelligent Video Solutions at Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd at Konica Minolta also commented, “Our solution is intelligent and can expand virtually without limits, ensuring long term investment and security for The Sweyne Park School. Software updates are available via a free download, ensuring the solution can be updated and enhanced as the requirements of the school and its daily operations evolve, making this a fully future-proof solution.”

 

For more details on The Sweyne Park School please visit: www.sweynepark.com

 

For further details on Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd and its range of IVS and cameras please visit: www.konicaminolta.co.uk/en-gb/solutions/it-services/intelligent-video-solutions