Theft is the most common crime on college campuses. Thousands of electronics are taken each year from college dorms, classrooms and offices. Laptops and other electronic devices are easy targets for theft. The cost of replacement can be high and the personal information and data can be difficult or impossible to replace.
Laptop Theft Prevention Tips
- Never leave your laptop out in the open and unattended.
- Keep doors and windows to your dorm or apartment locked at all times.
- Consider purchasing one of the new theft alarm systems (theft retrieval program / tracking and recovery) made for laptops. Compu-trace, Lojack, etc.
- Back up your information on disks today. Store them at home or office in a safe place.
- Use a cable lock that wraps around a desk or table. Stationary unbreakable object.
- Don't let unaccompanied strangers wander around in your dorm or workplace.
- Apply distinctive paint markings or laptop covers to make your laptop unique and easily identifiable.
- Lock your laptop in your office prior to leaving the office each day.
- Write down the serial number and model number and keep it in a safe secure place.
- Return the completed warranty card to the manufacturer. This may help “flag it” it a thief ever sends it in the maintenance.
- Even in a locker vehicle, never leave a laptop in plain sight.
- Do not prop open your door.
- Do not position laptop visibly in your vehicle where they are subject to a “smash and grab' type theft.
- Back up important data daily.
- Do not leave sensitive data on the computer, example, social security numbers, student information, personal phone numbers, or credit card numbers.
- Use your laptops (USS) Universal Security Slot to attach to a cable and lock and secure it to a stationary unbreakable object.