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LOSS PREVENTION FOR LAPTOP COMPUTERS Portable computers (laptops) are especially vulnerable to theft. Tips to assist in the prevention of theft losses are as follows: Lock up laptops when not in use or at least put them in drawers out-of-sight. Carry your laptop in a tote bag or briefcase instead of in a laptop carrying case. Laptop carrying cases inform potential thieves that you are carrying an expensive and easily portable piece of equipment. Keep your laptop with you at all times. Thieves often will wait for owners who fail to keep vigilant. Common opportunities for theft are: o Placing your laptop on an airport x-ray belt and becoming delayed in the line for the metal detector so that your laptop is unattended at the belt's exit. o Setting your laptop on the ground while you wait for transportation. o Setting your laptop on the seat besides you in a crowded bus or train. Note: Theft of an unattended laptop computer is not covered. We suggest you create a startup screen with your picture or the University logo and text that states, "This computer belongs to the University of Chicago. If anyone else besides the person pictured at the left has this computer, please be advised that this computer could be stolen property. Please contact the University of Chicago Police Department at 773-702-8181. The serial number for this computer is XXXXXX." You may wish to ask your information systems personnel to create a hidden file on your hard drive with this start-up screen on it.
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