Having your computer stolen is not just about the cost of replacing it, but the frustration and inconvenience that can be caused by the loss of a valuable home or business tool.
By taking a few simple precautions, both before and after buying a computer, you can help save money and prevent heartache.
Before buying a computer, think about where you are going to put it in your home or office - don't make it a target.
Don't put it directly by a window, where it can be easily seen from outside.
Always mark each part of the computer - the mouse, screen, base unit etc. - with your postcode and house or business number. Have a property index created with details such as serial number, location etc.
If you store a property index list on a computer, keep a separate copy disc.
All equipment should be secured to a firm surface such as a desk, wall or floor. Even for the home, there are devices to secure the hard drive and monitors to a secure surface.
Strictly controlling access into your business premises will prevent casual or opportunist thefts.
Encourage staff to be responsible for the security of their allocated equipment in an office.
When they are not being used store portable computers in secure rooms or purpose- built cabinets.