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Laptop registration program available at DPS

Laptop computers and other portable electronic devices are easy targets for theft. In addition to the cost of replacement, they often have personal information and intellectual property that can be difficult or impossible to recover and protect. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is offering a free Laptop Registration Program to members of the campus community to deter theft and avoid the consequences or assist in the recovery of stolen property.

Once a laptop is registered, two stickers will be sent to the owner to place on the laptop. These stickers will help serve as a theft deterrent. Additionally, if a registered laptop is found or recovered, the registration record will help DPS return the laptop to its owner.

An additional cost-effective method to deter laptop theft is to physically attach a laptop to furniture or another sturdy location. Most laptops have a Universal Security Slot (USS) to which a specially made security cable can be attached. There also are motion sensors and alarms that can be purchased for laptops.

Some basic laptop safety tips to practice are:

• Keep the laptop with you, do not leave it unattended.

• Keep the laptop out of sight; store it when not being used.

• Label accessories and carrying case.

• Use password protection.

To report the theft of a laptop on campus, call DPS at 734-763-1131. Questions about the DPS Laptop Registration Program can be e-mailed to public.safety@umich.edu.

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