Laptop Larceny

Several agencies in Boston’s Back Bay have recently fallen victim to a disturbing trend.
A detective with the Boston Police Department said incidences of stolen laptop computers, not just at advertising or public relations agencies but at all companies, are nearing epidemic proportions.
At one shop, a thief or thieves entered the office of an account executive during business hours after she stepped out to get coffee. She returned moments later to find her laptop missing.
Police detective Margot Hill encouraged companies to immediately contact the police when an item–any item–is suspected missing.
She also advised that laptops be marked with a bumper sticker or something “that just screams, ‘This is mine.'” Serial numbers should also be recorded.
Holding employees accountable for their losses can also work as a deterrent, Hill said. “There was a big company in the Back Bay that was losing laptops at a rate of a dozen a week,” she recounted. “Once the company told employees they’d be responsible for replacing the laptops, they stopped disappearing.” — Judy Warner