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Computer Laptop Security
 Getting Help If Your Laptop is Stolen

Always use an anti-theft device.

Portable locking device and motion sensor alarms are fairly inexpensive and easy to use. Locking devices are sold at the computer store and the campus bookstore.

Never leave your laptop in open view in your car. Lock it in your trunk.

Save a copy of your purchase receipt. Copy the serial number and description of your laptop.

You can register property with the department of Public Safety, including the engraving of personally owned laptops.

Carry your laptop in an unassuming, well padded bag. This avoids the unwanted attention a traditional laptop bag or fancy leather briefcase can generate.

Never leave your laptop unattended in a public place, including your office.

Secure it to your desk at all times, or lock it in a drawer, or “lock-box” even if you leave for a moment. Never leave it unattended anywhere, including residential facilities.

Never put your laptop on the airport security x-ray machine belt before you have a clear path to the end of the belt.

Students should always lock their laptops! The numerous, easy access, open areas on campus: residences, library, student union, etc. too often lead to crimes of opportunity!

Back up all irreplaceable information daily. Remember, it’s not just the loss of the laptop... what about all the hard work and important information that could be lost or stolen?

Don’t forget to secure all other products associated with your laptop: batteries, power cords, cables, external drives, lcd projectors, etc.

Be aware of activity that appears suspicious. Don’t leave entry doors at residence halls propped open, or offices unsecured even when leaving for a very brief moment. Most of thefts are “crimes of opportunity”.

Work together... if you lock your door, but your roommate or office partner doesn’t, the opportunity for theft still exists.

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