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Cape Town – A high school in Hanover Park was badly affected following a burglary this weekend.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, several computer screens were stolen from the science lab at Crystal High School on Greenturf Road.
Crystal High School deputy principal Fiona Blanchard said the break-in happened around 4 a.m. The thieves had entered the premises with pit bulls, attacking the guard and his security dogs.
Police were contacted while they were busy stealing and damaging the property by the warden, who also alerted a member of the community and on several occasions thereafter, and police from Philippi only arrived. ‘at 11 am Saturday. “
Ten smart monitors, keyboards and mice were stolen.
“Hope it helps to know these are smart monitors. It doesn’t have a hard drive, so it can’t be sold as a computer. It only works as a screen over wifi connections.
The sturdy doors and locks attached to the steel barriers were destroyed. The CCTV surveillance cameras were stolen a few months ago in another burglary, Blanchard said.
“We cannot easily replace this due to lack of funding and a community that does not pay tuition on a regular basis. “
Blanchard said most learners don’t have internet or computers at home and rely heavily on school resources to complete tasks and projects. The computers were installed by the Western Cape Education Department (WCED).
“We have programs with the 11th and 12th graders to reclaim work lost due to Covid-19 and the lockdown where these smart screens are used for that purpose. These facilities are also used for WCED remedial programs. Learners were just starting to empower themselves with these smart displays.
Yaseen Johaar, Hanover Park Community Policing Forum, said: “What is sad is that these are the same criminals whose children or family members attend this school. This can only continue – criminals breaking into schools – if their property is purchased by other individuals, which would encourage their theft.
“As a community, especially when it comes to religious and educational institutions, we must take a stand and stress that we do not support or condone the atrocities committed in these places which are beneficial to the communities. “
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