A similar security system is offered by the company Targus with its product DEFCON® VPKL (Video Port Key Lock). Here, too, a combination of steel cable and lock is used. This solution involves an adapter with a graphics cable and steel wire. The adapter is screwed into the monitor’s VGA input and secured with a lock. The cable is then secured to the heaviest object possible. Finally, it is connected to the graphics card using a monitor cable.
Targus security system with key lock. (Photo: Targus)
The DEFCON® VPCL is another alternative, but does not have a key system, instead using a four-point combination lock to secure the object. More information can be found at www.targus.com.
Targus security system with 4-point combination lock. (Photo: Targus)
There is also the option to connect the screen with the graphics card using a PIN. This does not prevent theft, but allows the user to live in the knowledge that the thief cannot use the monitor. The Hyundai 90D, a somewhat older model, has integrated this security mechanism, for example.
For better identification, you should mark your monitor at a spot which is not visible, since a serial number stuck onto the monitor can easily be removed and replaced with a new one. In this way, you can quickly identify your property.
If all of the above is still not enough for you, you could consider installing an alarm system in your home with an integrated motion sensor. This will respond to movements in its surroundings or to sources of light.
HomeGuard MS8000 Set alarm system from Marmitek. (Photo: Marmitek)
Alarm devices which check contact between device and socket can also be helpful, since there is no way around these. As soon as the device is unplugged, the alarm goes off. Thus, this method can be used for practically any electronic device.
Those who wish to know exactly what is happening in their homes can install security cameras. These transmit images periodically or where motion is detected to your e-mail address using a web server. More information can be found at www.marmitek.com.
IP camera for visual room monitoring. (Photo: Marmitek)
None of the systems presented here can prevent theft 100 percent, but they will make it more difficult for the light-fingered to carry off some booty. Which system is the most suitable for which environment depends on the value of the object being secured and, of course, on the owner’s budget. However, all of these methods will act as a deterrent.