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Reported Thefts of Laptop Computers from Campus Offices

Nov. 11, 2010

The Office of Safety and Security and the Center for Information Technology are notifying the Oberlin College faculty and staff that multiple reports of the loss of laptop computers have been filed with the office of Safety and Security in the past week. The thefts have occurred in both single and multiple use offices in several academic buildings on campus. The incidents have been reported to the Oberlin Police Department and they are investigating the loss of property. Anyone having information about the loss of a computer, or who may be approached to purchase a used computer or computer accessories should report the information immediately to the office of Safety and Security at (440) 775-8444 or directly to the Oberlin Police Department at 440-774-1061.

We urge all faculty and staff to consider additional precautions to ensure that their computers (and all small electronics and accessories) are secured either by physical locks, or by storing laptops in a locked cabinet, desk, or filing cabinet in offices. Faculty and staff may benefit by taking their laptops home in the evening.

The Center for Information Technology has offered notebook locks, at no cost to faculty and staff, that may be picked up from the Technology Store, 1-4:30PM weekdays. Locks may also be obtained by faculty and staff from the Safety and Security office after hours.

The loss of a computer results in not only the expense of replacing it and the work it contains, but also the potential exposure of private and confidential information, including passwords and access to banking and shopping web sites. Don't leave passwords stored on your computer!

Please contact Safety and Security at 440-775-8444 if you have any questions or concerns, or notice any unusual activity.