My neighborhood watch group recently forwarded me an e-mail from our local police department, highlighting recent thefts nearby. We are fortunate to live an area that has little crime, so we were experiencing a bit of a crime wave.
What struck me in reading about the incidents were that all thefts involved a computer or laptop (plus many iPods and smart phones). What was also surprising was the number of auto thefts in this report, all of which consisted of smashed windows to gain access to the car’s interior.
The lesson: laptops are not safe behind locked doors—whether they’re car doors, front and back doors to homes or office doors. Most thieves will take the opportunity for quick entry and exit, and what they are looking for is anything that they can carry away. Laptops fit the bill – but only if they are not locked down.
Advice: Do not leave a laptop bag in a car. Make sure employees keep your computers, laptops and desktops locked down—thieves do not want to spend time sawing through a cable – they’ll move on to something that isn’t secured.