EVENT: Laptop Registration, First Week in September

There are two dates coming up in September to register and tag your laptop:

Where: Kresge Lobby
When: September 3, 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

Where: Stata Student Street
When: September 4, 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

Cost: $10 cash only

Just as you might register a bike with the police, you can also register your laptop. Information Services & Technology partners with MIT Police to provide STOP tags for laptops. The tag is affixed to the device, has a unique number, and is registered with a world-wide database.

Sgt. Cheryl Vossmer of the MIT Police says that although a STOP tag is not software that can track a device via GPS or other means, it has been very effective at providing a way for lost or stolen laptops to be returned to their rightful owners.

For example, a laptop that was stolen from a MIT student last year turned up at a Boston homeless shelter. When one of the residents of the shelter tried to sell the laptop to another resident, a person working at the shelter noticed and intervened. He called the number on the STOP tag that was attached to the laptop. The owner was eventually tracked down via the MIT Police. When he got the call from the police, he was surprised; he thought the laptop was gone forever.

Read more laptop recovery stories here.

Learn more about laptop registration at MIT.

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