How schools address smartphone thefts

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lake Oswego teens are more likely to turn in a misplaced smartphone than to swipe one out of someone’s backpack, but high-priced electronic devices do vanish at local schools.

Most teens are “mobile Internet users,” far more than the average adult, according to Pew Research Institute. Students frequently take their iPhones and iPads to school — and school administrators’ theft prevention instructions to students may not always stick. Yet, school security evolves to address theft issues.

Given the chance, one bad apple at a school could do some Apple picking. Thieves can hawk used electronic wares on Craigslist. Most students reported phone thefts to their school, although Lake Oswego police received a few reports recently.

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