Protect and Secure School Property
With the increasing amount of portable IT equipment and other teaching aids in schools it has become extremely important to keep track of all these assets – not just so that when someone wants to use something it can be found, but also so that if there is a theft or fire there is a definitive asset list that will satisfy the insurance company.
This is quite a challenge in some schools as there can be a divide between the staff who use and move the equipment (normally the teaching staff) and those who are charged with the responsibilities of keeping track of location, quantity, condition and maintenance status (often members of the administrative team).
The most popular approach which actually reduces the level of assets and equipment that go missing is to implement an asset tracking system and number each item with its own unique number, maybe incorporating a barcode which will also save time when making an inventory. This is usually combined with an asset register, a copy of which may be kept off-site or in a fire-proof safe that is locked each night, to prove ownership.
Taking asset protection seriously
When everyone can see that equipment is being tracked, there is a strong disincentive for the equipment to be “borrowed” without permission. Indeed questions from insurers decline as can the annual premium, when the insurance company sees that the school is taking the issue of asset protection seriously.
Asset label materials suitable for asset marking range from inexpensive vinyl through to highly durable materials such as aluminium foil and polyesters. The asset label materials used are important because some really aren’t too hard to remove, and it is worth making sure that you are using quality materials backed by a reputable supplier.
One special asset labelling material is now described as “ultra destructible” which means that the material will break into small pieces if removal is attempted – a good deterrent if anybody tries to remove the asset label.
For ultimate strength you can use aluminium or stainless steel asset identification plates with industrial adhesive – these require a tool to be removed!
Why choose Dantech asset labels and plates
Dantech is an acknowledged supplier for more than 15 years to both industry, government departments and the educational and health sector of security marking products, asset labels and security labels.
With a high reputation built over the years on customer satisfaction Dantech can provide help and advice with your marking requirements contact Dantech on 01354 688 488 for expert and unbiased help and advice.
Published on Friday 12th April 2013