Most laptop thefts are not done by professional thieves that would know to look for programs like Computrace. However in order for it to be effective, you have leave an account open for the thief to turn on the computer, use it, and hopefully hook it up to a network where it can call home. If it is locked down chances are the thief will re-install the OS defeating the software. I very much like the idea of the software, but the cost seems to high for the return. 

Chris Moody
Systems Administrator
Springfield School District
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On Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 2:41 PM, Drew Blanchard <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
We're getting into the nuts and bolts of our 1-to-1 rollout with MacBook Pros, and now we're looking at safety and security.  Specifically: theft protection and insurance.

What, if anything, are others using for insurance (theft/loss protection and accidental damage) policies?  We're considering adding Computrace ( to track and recover laptops which may go … missing.  It's sort of like LoJack for computers, but I worry it might be too easy to defeat.  It'd approximately $95/machine for 3 years of coverage; for an $1100 machine, that seams reasonable.  Computrace guarantees they can either recover the missing device or they'll pay the replacement fee.  On the other hand, the cost to the district is roughly $12k.   We're not looking to monitor students' activity or location - this is purely for theft recovery.

In your opinion(s), is this worth it? Are other districts doing anything like this?  Thoughts?