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Personal electronics theft prevention

My daughter is going into high school and has had her scientific calculator stolen for three years in a row at school. These are pricey, running from $30-$40 each. Besides that, all the other things in her pencil bag, like compasses, triangles, pens, mechanical pencils. Frankly, I'm sick of my daughter not being prepared for class and spending money for the reprobates to just steal it.  Is there any way to tag her calculator economically to track it down?

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Kiteman4 years ago
Silly question, but why does your daughter not just keep her calculator in her pocket?
hugabugs (author)  Kiteman4 years ago
Because she's a girl, silly boy. We don't always have pockets...besides that, have you seen how big they are? There are things to consider, like dressing for P.E., etc., that makes that impractical.When not being carried, her bag goes in her locker, but she has had a problem with a few people bullying her lie this for years, and the school hasn't been very responsive.
Ongoing bullying shouldn't be ignored by the school.

The school has a legal responsibility for the physical and emotional safety of your daughter - if they do not fulfill that responsibility, then you are well within your rights as a parent to involve the local police. Your daughter is, after all is said and done, the victim of several crimes (the UK term would be "robbery with menaces").

(It's been a couple of decades since anybody called me "silly boy"!)
Sparticles4 years ago
Carve: "Stolen from " on it.

(I just think 'handlers' don't like goods on which the word 'stolen' is written. And in general, if it isn't stolen but just lost, people can see who it belonged to. Also, if you lend it out, people won't forget to return it so easily. )
hugabugs (author)  Sparticles4 years ago
I understand. Thanks!
I meant "Stolen from: (daughter's name) ".

( I used "<" brackets, but it was probably interpreted as something html-ish)
Toga_Dan4 years ago
ive seen bags made of steel cable mesh. these can be padlocked. sometimes its inconvenient to keep all valuables on ones person at all times.
hugabugs (author)  Toga_Dan4 years ago
I will research that, thank you for the reply.
Stealing from school bags isn't always about the intrinsic value of the items but is often a form of bullying, knowing that a kid can get into trouble with every teacher for not being prepared for class is often all the bully needs to get a cheap thrill out of the theft.
Pencil cases are a favourite target because they are not instantly missed as would be the case with the theft of a school bag but they have an impact on almost every class, it's difficult to get through a school day without pens, pencils & the other contents and it can be difficult to replace quickly.
I would consider indelibly marking the calculator, preferably with either a chemical marker that will bond with the plastic surface or engraving into the plastic with a rotary tool followed up with permanent marker into the engraved surface; not only would it make identification of property easier but it would also make it much harder to sell or pass onto someone else.
I used to do this with my sons property when they were at school along with marking either inside the case or inside the battery compartment.
hugabugs (author)  Nostalgic Guy4 years ago
Thank you for the ideas.
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