Sorry I haven’t posted anything lately… had a slightly traumatic time. Our house got broken into and my boyfriends Laptop and Ipod got stolen out of his room whilst I was in the house!
So I thought I should dedicate this post to ways to protect yourself from becoming a victim of a burglary and how to track your laptop if it has come to be stolen.
- First of all I would advise everyone to download something called Prey (http://preyproject.com/) the basic version is free to download. What this lets you do is if your laptop does come to get stolen then you can activate it and it’ll track your laptop and you can even activate the webcam so that it would take pictures of the thief. I’ve now downloaded it for my laptop and had only wished we could have downloaded for my boyfriends too.
- Secondly, it’s a good idea to mark your laptop or other valuable possessions. This could be either by buying a UV pen and writing your name and postcode on it, or using a permanent marker. As you may already know I paint my nails a great deal and have inadvertently spilled nail varnish on several occasions over my laptop. This is a another sign on marking as when you report it to the police if you’ve got a sparkly pink love heart below the left arrow key then it would become more recognisable.
- Make sure you keep a copy of the serial number which is on the label underneath your laptop as this is a unique number for your laptop.
- Regular dusting is helpful in identifying the thief. This might seem stupid, but in our case where the Ipod got stolen it was clear to see that there was fingerprints in the dust just behind it. I thought that this was great as you can clearly see a set of fingers prints. However since the finger prints were in dust it meant that it had not actually any trace the police could pick up. The fingers just landed on dust and left a gap in the dust which we can see. If I had dusted, then the fingers would have landed on the surface and the police could have lifted their finger prints up.
- Always ensure that all windows are closed before leaving the room. This might sound over the top, but my boyfriends laptop got taken whilst I had left the room to get something. And more importantly if your window is open, the insurance company won’t pay up to replace the laptop. So even if you are just going to make yourself a coffee make sure you close the windows.
- When you leave a room hide things which are of value which could be taken quickly. For example put the laptop under your bed or put a blanket over it. Put camera, phone, Ipod in a draw or under a book, etc…
- If your laptop has been stolen and you have social networking sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, etc… if they went on your laptop and went on Facebook or Twitter, then you can see where they logged you in from. This helps track them down. This only works if you’ve set all social networking sites as “remember me” so that it logs you on automatically.
- Finally, it’s a good idea to go round all places which sell second hand laptops. This is because a lot of thieves will sell on your laptop, phones, cameras, ipods straight away to these second hand places. So I would advise to go round all those places, leave your name, number, product which got stolen and it’s description. The police will go round too, but sometimes it helps for the shop owner to see the actual victim of the crime to try that extra bit harder to spot the criminal.
So be extra careful, it really can happen to anyone.