Students are at high risk of laptop theft. A recent survey shows that almost 90% of students today own a laptop, however only a third of these are actually using their laptops portably. Around 66% of students refuse to bring their laptops onto campus, and the main reason for this is the risk of theft.
This means that many university students do not get to use the full university computing facilities - such as wireless network, library access, printing - just because they are afraid of theft.
There are several measures that students can take to protect themselves from laptop theft:
- Carry your computer discretely - don't use a standard laptop bag as it is a sign to thieves
- Use a laptop lock, for example as made by Kensington
- Buy student laptop insurance - this won't stop the laptop theft, but at least you can quickly and easily get a replacement laptop