Laptop Theft Awareness
MSU Police would like to remind the campus community how to avoid becoming a victim of theft. Since the beginning of fall semester, numerous laptops have been stolen from office buildings, residence halls, Spartan Village and various study locations including the MSU Main Library.
We need your assistance in helping to get the word out about the thefts. Please remind your co-workers, professors, roommates and friends to secure their laptops and other items of value to lessen the chance of those items being stolen.
Most thefts are crimes of opportunity where the laptop has been left unattended in an unlocked office or on a study table. Please post signs in your building or living unit informing people of the rash of thefts and to take the following steps:
- Lock office doors
- Keep valuables stored and out of sight
- Be wary of people who don't appear to belong in the area
- Never prop open an exterior building door
- Don’t give out your room or office key to anyone
- When studying at the library rotate your break times
- Don’t leave notes on your door announcing you’re away
- Report any safety concerns (nonworking hallway or outside lights, locks, etc.) to the department head or hall manager immediately
- Don’t announce on social outlets such as Facebook about planned weekends away from home
- Report any crime or suspicion of a crime at once. If police are contacted within the first five minutes, they have a better chance of finding a suspect