A laptop that has been left alone is a target for thievesElectronic devices are valuable resources for students and workers on the go. Our phones, tablets, and laptops often contain personal information and data that is important to us. Unfortunately, they also have great value to thieves and burglars.

Registering your device can be an important step in preventing victimization. Registration stickers often act as a deterrent, making the item difficult to pawn or sell quickly. Information obtained during registration such as make, model, and serial number also make it easier for police to identify recovered items and return them to their proper owners.

University of Colorado Police and the Office of Information Technology offer a device registration program that is quick, easy, and free. Owners can register their devices at the Office of Information Technology (OIT), 1045 18th Street, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We offer the following safety tips to prevent your devices from being stolen:

  • Always keep your office locked when unattended. That includes when leaving for lunch or using the restroom.
  • In common areas, such as dining facilities, libraries or the University Memorial Center, never leave laptops, mobile phones or other valuable items unattended.
  • Record serial numbers of desktop computers, laptops, mobile phones and other items that could be stolen. If these items are recovered, it is easier to return them to you.
  • Many Apple devices and PC laptops that are running Windows 10 have a tracking service built in. But if you have an older laptop, we recommend installing a third party tracking software.