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Getting Help If Your Laptop is Stolen

Remember: Make sure you have your laptop’s serial number recorded.

We like to stress to all students that the first and most important step in safeguarding your laptop against theft is to keep it with you at all times, and to keep it properly secured if you do need to leave it for a moment.

However, in the event that your laptop is stolen:
  • If you’re on-campus, contact Public Safety immediately by calling ext. 6603 (Investigations) or ext. 6611 (Emergency) to report the theft.

  • If your laptop is stolen while you’re off-campus, contact the local police authorities where the theft occurred and file an official police report.

In either case, it's very important that you be able to supply the officers with your laptop's serial number, so make sure that you have that information recorded.

You should also check to see if your insurance company offers a policy that will offer monetary compensation if your laptop is stolen. (Rensselaer’s laptop lease program includes theft and damage insurance, provided you have only subjected the laptop to normal wear and tear and have not misused or abused it.)

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