Laptop Loss or Theft

If your laptop  has been lost or stolen, there are ways of mitigating the loss, including remotely wiping data. If your device has been lost or stolen, and you believe it may contain sensitive information please contact your IT Support Provider immediately.

  • If your device has not yet been lost or stolen, consider enrolling in Public Safety's Operation Identification. Marked devices are a deterrent to potential thieves because they are much harder to sell.
  • Another deterrent to theft is enrolling in the Security Tracking of Office Property (STOP) program. Similar to the Public Safety program, laptops are marked with a "STOP plate" which includes a unique bar code, "stolen property" tattoo, and the STOP phone number and website. A single STOP plate kit costs $25 but can protect your device for as long as you own it.
  • Also consider installing Prey, which allows you to remotely view your laptop. The software will not do anything until you activate it, at which time it will send reports with the current location, screenshot, and webcam pictures. When you access the Prey control panel (from any device), you can alert your computer to display a screen stating it is stolen, make noise, or shut down.