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Preventing computer theft

Updated December 23, 2009

Computers are frequently stolen from closed businesses. Generally, a glass door or window is broken to gain entry. Computers are often visible from the outside and are easily targeted. These units not only contain data that is vital to a business, but personal information on clients/customers that can be used for identity theft.

The Cerritos Sheriff’s Station/Community Safety Center recommends that all businesses take a close look at the way their office space is laid out. When you are standing outside, can you see computers through the windows? Can the computers be quickly removed? If so, placing them in an inner office behind a sturdy locking door would be wise. Another option is to secure them in a metal holder that can be braced in front and either bolted to the floor, desk or other fixed object. The more difficult you make it for a burglar to take your computers, the longer a burglar will have to work on removing them. With a good alarm system that will alert law enforcement in case of a theft, remaining inside your business will not be in the criminal’s best interests.

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