Laptop thefts on campus are one big headache for IT guys. But what if your university has multiple campuses in town? A bigger headache!
In the United States, the Department of Education says this headache is “the most common crime on college campuses,” according to Consumer Reports.
In fact, a Google Consumer Survey that found that nearly a third of the students and graduates surveyed had broken or lost a smartphone or had their device stolen.
“Students become complacent and leave their iPhone on a table in the cafeteria or leave their room door open. It takes only eight seconds for a thief to enter an unsecured area and walk off with something,” FBI officials told Consumer Reports.
FBI statistics show that both small and large colleges and universities in the country are vulnerable, and may range from urban to more rural campus, from small, private colleges to large, public universities. In other words, is not just your headache, is everybody’s headache.
- At Brown University, and thousands of dollars worth of devices are reported stolen at that higher education institution. “In addition to the cost of replacement they often have, personal information and data that can be difficult or impossible to recover and protect,” the university reports.
- In Boston, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has also reported that the cost of theft at the college can total “several hundreds of thousands of dollars per year“, according to a report by AOL.
The institute carries insurance to cover losses, while many other colleges don’t.
But, wait! Your headache doesn’t stop here. Stolen laptop recovery and IT asset inventory is another common headache of college IT managers, especially with devices that are loaned by the university and require a full device protection and laptop tracking services.
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