Detroit Public Schools, a client of Absolute Software, has been named a "national leader in the use of high tech law enforcement and computer tracking techniques to recover stolen educational technology equipment." The school district has recovered nearly 400 laptops since June 2009.
In 2010, we brought you the news that a criminal ring was uncovered to steal and fence laptop computers from Detroit Public Schools. DPS is the only school district in the USA to have identified, disrupted, dismantled and successfully prosecuted an organized criminal group.
“The Lo-jack feature embedded in all DPS laptops and netbooks by Absolute Software Corp affords local and federal investigators with a 21st century approach to investigate those responsible for theft of these devices,” said Wilbert V. Marsh, DPS Inspector General. “The Office of Inspector General and DPS Police Department will continue to use all available resources, including the Lo-jack feature and partnerships with local and federal law enforcement to address these thefts. Every laptop or netbook stolen from our schools deprives a student of an important tool needed to learn in the classroom and prepare them to compete in the global workplace. Our success rate using the Lo-jack feature is extremely high.”