Record Numbers Taking Advantage of Anti-Theft Laptop Registration

Last Updated: 08/29/2014

The Office of Information Technology and the CU-Boulder Police Department are once again providing a free registration service for laptops and other portable computing devices and record numbers are taking advantage. A registered computer is less attractive to would-be thieves and is easier to recover if it is ever lost or stolen.

When a device is registered through the program the serial number is recorded and an anti-theft sticker is applied to the device. If a registered device is reported as lost or stolen, it is recorded and entered into a statewide database of stolen property. When a registered device is found, the sticker provides identifying information that can make it easily identified and returned to its owner.  

Over 1,000 laptops and devices have already been registered since move-in week. “We are on track to exceed 3,000 device registrations by the end of August, and expect another 1,000 registrations during the first two weeks of September,” said David Elrod, Manager of OIT’s General Desktop Support service. “Last year during the entire school year we did 2,293 device registrations.”

For those who haven’t registered their devices yet, you still have time. The registration tent in front of the Technology Learning Center will be open through Thursday, August 28. And when the tent is not up, registration is always available throughout the year at the Technology Learning Center and Norlin Commons Help Desk.