Published: Sept. 22, 2016

Electronic devices are valuable resources for students, faculty and staff on the go. Our phones, tablets, and laptops often contain personal information and data that is important to us, but, 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 St., Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Safety tips to prevent theft of electronic devices:

  • Always keep your office, residence hall room, or home locked when unattended, including when you leave for short periods of time.
  • 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, installing a third party tracking software is recommended.
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