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Brief: Security Tightened After School Burglaries

Feb. 15, 2008 — The John H. Woodson Jr. High School and the Charles H. Emanuel Elementary School were broken into and burglarized over the weekend of Feb. 5. According to a written statement from the Department of Education, St. Croix Superintendent of Schools Gary Molloy has taken some measures to increase security as a result. School monitors and administrators are being asked to be more vigilant about securing all areas of their school before leaving. The schools are working closely with the police School Security Unit for increased police checks of the school campuses after hours and weekends.
Relatively easy entry to school buildings may be a contributing factor in school burglaries according to the statement.
“Once on the campus the criminals have all the time that they need because most schools do not have working alarm systems in key areas,” Molloy said in the statement. “The security cameras are not picking up the criminals at night because of lighting issues, and there isn’t enough funding available to hire security for all schools.”
The district is assessing the immediate lighting needs and is currently pursuing an energy grant to assist with the purchase of items needed to provide adequate lighting.
Two promethean boards, which are chalkboard-sized interactive computer screens, and three projectors stolen from Charles H. Emanuel have been recovered. Two laptops and a projector are still missing.
To date, none of the stolen items from Woodson have been recovered. Among the items stolen were tools from the woodworks class, games from the bilingual classroom, a beverage from the home economics classroom, a laptop and several items from the family life classroom.

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