- Save a copy of your purchase receipt. Copy the serial number and description of your laptop.
- You can register property with the Department of Campus Safety.
- 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.
- Students should always lock their laptops! The numerous, easy access, open areas on campus: residences, Burke Library, Howard Diner, etc. too often lead to crimes of opportunity!
- 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 leave your laptop in open view in your car. Lock it in your trunk.
- 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.