If there is one unchallengeable fact about school life it is that each year many students will misplace equipment and possessions.
A recent survey of the parents of teenagers confirmed what most of us have long suspected: that around 80% of school students lose at least one valuable item a year.
While all losses are annoying this may not be too much of a problem when the item lost or misplaced is of limited value. But when it is something as valuable as a tablet or other IT device, then matters become a lot more serious.
What makes this even more of an issue is the fact that between the spring of 2011 and the spring of 2013 tablet ownership among school students more than quadrupled.
Thus we have a bit of a problematic combination: a rapidly growing number of expensive pieces of IT equipment and the propensity for students to lose things.
Fortunately, the most common cause of the “lost” machine is not that it has been removed with criminal intent but rather that a person in the school legitimately takes a tablet to use but then leaves it somewhere, and it is then forgotten about. (It is only a tiny minority of tablets and other such items of equipment that are actually stolen.)
To help with this most schools mark all their portable IT equipment, and this is where our ID Silver Mark labels can help. These labels are precision cut stencils which can include your school name.
The labels are then painted with UV ink to show up should the label be removed. There’s more information on these on our website – www.idmark.com.
Alternatively, for smaller items our ID Mini Mark Labels can help to identify and track each item. These are suitable for all small electronic equipment including microphones, earphones as well as cables, cameras and similar equipment.
Each ID Mini Mark Label can incorporate a serial number and/or bar code thus making it possible to include a lot of data in a small space.
Should anybody attempt to remove the asset label or switch the label onto some other equipment the material will break into small pieces, thus announcing the fact that the label has been tampered with.
Furthermore, because the data is engraved into the surface of the label it cannot be removed with chemicals and cleaning materials.
The Mini Mark labels can be provided with white text on black or silver material with black text. There is more information on our website – www.idassetlabels.co.uk.
Alternatively, please call us on 01354 688 488 or email us firstname.lastname@example.org for free and unbiased help and advice.