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Special Alert: Computer / Electronics Burglaries and Thefts

Nov. 29, 2011

To: The Campus Community From: Marjorie Burton, Director Date: November 29, 2011 Re: Computer / Electronics Burglaries and Thefts

The office of Safety and Security and the Center for Information Technology is alerting the community of multiple reports of thefts of laptop computers and small electronics (cell phones, iPads, iPods, play stations, etc.) Thefts reported during the past month include:

• On Monday, October 31, 2011 a student reported a theft of a laptop from a backpack left unattended in Hall Auditorium Annex. Three juveniles were seen in the building around the time of the theft, but their presence was not reported to Safety and Security. The laptop has not been recovered.

• Thursday, November 3, 2011 a student reported the loss of a laptop left overnight in Fairchild dining room. The laptop was later recovered stored in an unlocked cabinet in the room.

• On Sunday, November 20, 2011 a laptop on loan from CIT was reported missing in Mudd during the evening hours. The laptop has not been recovered.

• On Tuesday, November 22, 2011 a student reported a laptop was inadvertently left in the Science Center West Lecture Hall. The laptop was later recovered temporarily stored until claimed.

• On Tuesday, November 29, 2011 two laptop computers were reported taken from Philips; one from a staff office locked overnight from the end of the business day Monday; another in a common space, locked overnight. Neither laptop has been recovered.

In several of the circumstances the owner possessed, or used in the past, a locking securing cable, but the cable was not in use at the time of the theft. 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, staff, and students to consider additional precautions to ensure that their computers (and all small electronics and accessories) are secured either by physical locks, by keeping the laptop within immediate control and vision, or by storing laptops in a locked cabinet, desk, or filing cabinet or cabled in your residential room.

The Center for Information Technology has notebook locks 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.

Check with the Help Desk for information on how to set up iCloud and Find My Mac on your Lion OS X 10.7 Macs. The same feature can also be used to track and remotely wipe any iOS device: iPhones, iPad and iPod Touches. All owners of these devices should set this up to protect their investment!

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.