SCHOOL BREAK INS: Thieves targeting technology

Break ins at three Red Deer Public Schools targeting technology in classrooms are impacting students and learning in our schools.

Over the last week, three Red Deer Public Schools have been broken into and have had technology stolen. These electronics include laptops, Chromebooks, an Apple TV, a Redcat System, a projector and remote, iPads and more. GW Smith, Mountview Elementary and West Park Elementary have all been targeted.

In response to these break ins and thefts, Red Deer Public Schools has enhanced security and are working closely with the Red Deer RCMP, who we have a great relationship with.

“We are concerned about the impact of these break ins. We lose valuable technology and this comes at a cost to the District and each school,” said Stu Henry, Superintendent of Red Deer Public Schools. “We also know that having your classroom broken into affects our students and staff deeply. One of our pillars is safe and caring schools and we strive to ensure that our spaces are a safe environment for all students.”

We know break ins as well as thefts are a huge community issue and Red Deer Public Schools is not immune.

“Technology is an integral part of day to day learning and these thefts impact children’s abilities to learn,” said Henry. “Schools are about teaching and learning and ensuring that technology is easily accessible in the classroom for our students is paramount.”

Staff in Red Deer Public Schools have increased their process of locking up and securing electronics. Motion sensors are also located in many classrooms throughout our schools.

Our schools are located in neighbourhoods, so we count on our neighbours to keep an eye out and report any suspicious activity by contacting the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575, Crime Stoppers or one of our schools.

For more information, please contact:

  • Bruce Buruma, Director of Community Relations
  • Red Deer Public Schools
  • Phone: 403-352-2827