STUDENTS SHAKEN BY COMPUTER THEFT.
Byline: Sharline Chiang Daily News Staff Writer
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These were the schools' jewels. The new systems were faster, held more memory and included CD-ROMs.
But when kids returned from winter break Monday, their hearts were broken. Someone had stolen three computers, including one of the new ones.
The burglars also made off with a monitor and a portable radio, a total value of $6,500.
The loss - reflective of the soaring theft and vandalism The intentional and malicious destruction of or damage to the property of another.
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``We're just really hurt that they're stealing from our kids, that this kind of thing is going on,'' said Therese Rice, a member of the school's governance board. ``We want the community to know this is going on.''
To get the word out and their equipment replaced, Rice and a handful of parents are about to start all over again through a series of fund-raisers.
``We're absolutely shocked and disappointed,'' said Linda Brooks, who used to read from the ``Black Beauty'' compact disc off the computer stolen from her son's first-grade class.
``For some of the children the only computer training they were getting was through the school,'' she said.
The burglary burglary, at common law, the breaking and entering of a dwelling house of another at night with the intent to commit a felony, whether the intent is carried out or not. has parents questioning security on campus. Since there were no signs of forced entry into the rooms, some surmise it was ``an inside job,'' and charge that too many people have access to the rooms.
Lt. Walter Nelson with the Los Angeles School Police Department said no one has been interrogated yet and that the investigation probably would begin this week.
This was not the school's first brush with theft. A color printer A printer that prints in color using three (CMY) or four (CMYK) colors of ink, toner or dye. Four color ribbons have been used in dot matrix printers, but these are rare today. See color laser printer and printer. for one of the computers was stolen in the summer.
Theft and vandalism cost Los Angeles Unified School District The Los Angeles Unified School District (the "LAUSD") is the largest (in terms of number of students) public school system in California and the second-largest in the United States. Only the New York City Department of Education has a larger student population. campuses $6.3 million last school year. Between 1995 and 1996 school burglaries, vandalism and graffiti graffiti
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Richard Lewis Page (born 22 February 1941, Tredegar) was a Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) in the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1979 and from 1983 to 2005. of the district's police department said computer theft can be prevented by covering windows that hold equipment and placing plates over locks to make them harder to ``pick'' open.
Parents and other school supporters may also consider starting Neighborhood Watches around campuses.
Unfortunately, even with all the precautions precautions Infectious disease The constellation of activities intended to minimize exposure to an infectious agent; precautions imply that the isolation of an infected Pt is optional, but not mandatory. ``if someone wants it badly enough they will find a way to break in,'' Page said.
To cover the cost of new computers and locks to secure equipment to desks, the school's Parent Teacher Association is sponsoring a few fund-raisers.
On Saturday, Dr. Barbara Rosenbaum will offer stress management courses to parents at Calabash from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The school is located at 23055 Eugene St.
Baby-sitting will be available on site. Rosenbaum is a marriage and family therapist who has two children attending Calabash. The seminar will cost $15 per person and $25 per couple. All of the proceeds will go to the school.
On Jan. 27, Casa di Pizza in Canoga Park will donate up to 35 percent of all sales from 5 to 8 p.m. to the school. The restaurant is located at 7543 Fallbrook Ave.
Owner and manager Victor Avakiam, who has offered up his restaurant for school fund-raisers over the past seven years, said it is the least he can do to help. ``It's a way to help the schools to help out their departments and fund-raising ways,'' he said. ``It's helping both ways, we're both benefiting from fund-raisers.''
Parents and other members of the public who wish to help replace the computers can attend a schoolwide meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday.
Like many parents, Lynette Moore, who was in charge of sorting coins during last year's ``penny drive,'' emphasized the need to address safety on campus.
``We're now at a point where we're not putting in another cent unless they can guarantee that they can secure what you put in them,'' Moore said.
Photo: (Color) Jack Moore, left, and Justin Brooks sit at an empty work station at Calabash Street School.
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