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.
Losing a cell phone, tablet or laptop can happen in an instant but could have critical impact to the university.
Don't leave your property unattended.
Don't assume that any common area is a secure area. Lock your office/dorm room even if you plan to be gone only a few minutes.
Secure your property.
Keep doors and windows to dorms, apartments, offices locked at all times. Lock laptops in a drawer or cabinet. Even in a locked vehicle, never leave a laptop in plain sight, if possible place the laptop in the trunk of your vehicle.
Protect your data
Do not leave sensitive data on your computer (e.g. social security numbers, student information, personal phones, or credit card numbers.) Back up critical files frequently. Utilize Google Drive whenever possible.
What to do if You're a Victim of Theft
Contact your local police department and report the theft.