Did you buy some sort of safe or lock for your kids computer?

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Registered: 09-19-2006
Did you buy some sort of safe or lock for your kids computer?
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Fri, 08-19-2011 - 7:00pm
Honestly this didn't even dawn on me, but my neighbor was just telling me how she bought one for her daughter. Maybe we should send him one. What do you think and if you bought one where did you get it?

Thanks, Robin

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Registered: 04-16-2009

no, no need for it at

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Registered: 09-19-2006
Where do they go? Why don't they need one? Does the school provide it or is the crime rate low? I know that everyone from Mines keeps saying how low the crime rate is but it only takes one jerk. Still I would like to think that my son's stuff would be safe in his dorm room.
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Registered: 12-03-1999

I think Itea may be a bit out of the loop...

Canada Thursday, July 21st, 2011
College Campuses are the Third Most Common Place for Laptop Theft

http://studymagazine.com/2011/07/21/college-campuses-common-place-laptop-theft/

In one Canadian study, law enforcement placed public school institutions at the top of the list of places most likely to experience laptop theft. 

http://snukoantitheft.wordpress.com/2011/03/17/laptop-anti-theft-software-increasingly-helpful-to-law-enforcement/

UNB introduces anti-laptop theft technology University vice-president footing the bill for this year

The University of New Brunswick’s security department is introducing laptop-protection software to protect students from a string of thefts that plagued campus earlier this year.

http://cupwire.ca/articles/45150

http://blog.alertsec.com/2010/10/laptop-thefts-a-big-challenge-for-canada%E2%80%99s-university/

The rest of the world isn't so naive...

http://www.chicagomaroon.com/2011/4/26/laptop-thefts-sweep-campus

http://online.ccj.pdx.edu/laptop-theft-increases-on-college-campuses-800559648/

http://www.cio.wisc.edu/security/initiatives/preventTheft.aspx

http://www.reslife.net/html/crisis_0104a.html

http://sundial.csun.edu/2010/06/students-can-s-t-o-p-laptop-theft-with-campus-program/

http://www.excal.on.ca/news/new-security-device-aims-to-reduce-laptop-theft-on-campus/

And a few years ago, one of my dds bf's had his laptop stolen from his "garden" apt, when someone broke a window, reached in and snatched it off the table below.

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Registered: 10-25-2006

DS bought a lock but rarely used it.

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That is really scary to have your home broken into like that. We lived in a town home in the Washington DC suburbs for 15 years and did not have an alarm. I always figured that my neighbors would here what was going on. I suppose that was naive. Although it was a pretty tight knit neighborhood with a lot of retirees and stay at home moms so it might have been okay. When we moved to a single family home in the Philly suburbs I got an alarm even though the crime rate was much lower in our new neighborhood. I just felt so isolated when I didn't see my neighbor every time I stepped outside.

I texted my son to suggest he get a lock for his laptop - no response. Since he arrived I have received a text saying "doing well" so I guess all is well and that is it. If I want details maybe I will call his girlfriend. I bet she is getting detailed texts - LOL.
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Registered: 04-16-2009

My kids went/ are attending the oldest engineering school in this country.

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Registered: 12-23-2006

My dd had a regular desktop pc instead of a laptop
and never had any problems with stealing.
It was the older bulkly monitor amd separate cpu tower.

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Registered: 04-16-2009

OUT OF THE LOOP!!!!

I use common sense. Do you really think that a silly lock is going to stop anyone from stealing anything? Have you seen those computer locks?

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No, but the school (last year) highly recommended they all register the serial numbers and models of their laptops with the U so they were all on file up front. No issues.

Sue
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Registered: 12-03-1999
The caps were NOT mine--that was just the article title, as it was written. And each title cited, had the link below.
Crime is as old as the human race. I live in one of the highest per capita income/lowest crime towns in my state, and I still lock my doors.
Students in college, especially in their first year, usually have roommates. That means more than one person has access to the room. And kids don't take their laptops EVERYWHERE, as they do go on dates, and to the bathroom occasionally. So for me, a computer cable lock IS common sense.

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