Valuable property of any type is an attractive target for any thief. Increasingly popular items are computers, computer equipment and especially laptops. On our campus, thieves interested in laptops have targeted residence rooms, offices and the libraries.

We suggest taking the following preventative measures to protect your valuables.

  • Laptop TheftKeep your laptop with you at all times. Do not leave it unattended, even for a short period of time, in your office, in the libraries, bookstores,  cafeterias or anywhere. If you are leaving your residence room or office, ensure that your door is closed and locked. If you require more reference material in the library, take your laptop and other valuables with you.
  • Secure desktop computers and laptops to stationary objects.
  • Keep your laptop away from accessible windows where the thief can quickly break the window, reach in and remove the machine from your desktop. If you’re on the ground floor, draw your blinds after-hours.
  • Record the make, model and serial number of the computer and any peripheral attached devices. Keep these numbers in a safe place so if your computer is stolen, you can pass on the information to Campus Security.
  • Identify your computer. An engraved social security number will lead police directly to you should your laptop ever be recovered.
  • Always maintain an up-to-date backup copy of your data, stored in a separate location.
  • Regularly change your password and log out of your system when you are not using it.

Report all suspicious people to Campus Security at 533-6111

Page last update: 01 September 2000