Theft is the most common crime on college campuses. Laptop and other portable electronic devices are easy targets. In addition to the cost of replacement, they often have personal information and data that can be difficult or impossible to recover and protect.
What to do
We encourage you to take the following steps to prevent the theft of your laptop and other electronic devices:
Use a STOP tag.
Don’t leave your property unattended.
- When at the library, take your laptop with you when you go to the stacks.
- Don’t assume that a common area in your residential hall is a secure area.
Secure your property.
- Keep doors and windows to your dorm or apartment locked at all times.
- Lock your laptop in a drawer or cabinet in your office or dorm.
- Even in a locked vehicle, never leave a laptop in plain sight.
- Use your laptop’s Universal Security Slot (USS) to attach a cable lock and secure it to a stationary, unbreakable object.
Protect your data.
- Do not leave sensitive data on your computer (e.g. Social Security Numbers, student information, personal phone numbers, or credit card numbers).
- Back up critical files frequently. The cost of not doing this can be very high.