Rash Of Laptop Thefts Strikes College Campuses

CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago area college students are being advised to keep an eye on their laptop computers, in the wake of a rash of thefts.

On Tuesday, DePaul University issued an alert to students and staff regarding recent laptop thefts from public places on campus.

The most recent thefts occurred in the Richardson Library and Student Center, at 2350 N. Kenmore Ave. on the Lincoln Park campus, the alert said.

DePaul urged students never to leave items unattended, and to report suspicious activity to the university police. The school also offers locks free of charge at the Richardson Library to secure laptops while in use.

DePaul isn’t the only area university to experience thefts of laptop. According to reports from the University of Chicago police, at least a dozen laptops, mostly Apple MacBooks and MacBoook Pros, have been taken from libraries, dining halls and other buildings on the Hyde Park campus this month.

According to the U of C police, laptops were taken from buildings such as the Regenstein Library – the largest student library at 1100 E. 57th St.; the Reynolds Club student center at 1131 E. 57th St; and the John Crerar Library for the science divisions, at 5730 S. Ellis Ave.

All of the laptops were unattended, and a couple were taken as their owners dozed nearby.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • dan

    What the he!! are kids sleeping in the library for? They deserve to get their laptop stolen,!

  • Fy

    no one deserves to have anything stolen, whether sleep or not. people should be able to leave anything anywhere. if it is not yours don’t take it.

  • Bob

    Libraries, dining halls and OTHER buildings. So where does it say they were sleeping in the library? Shouldn’t jump to conclusions!

  • dan

    Hey Bob on this,

    The last sentence of the story is:

    “All of the laptops were unattended, and a couple were taken as their owners dozed nearby”

    Do you read the stories or just skim?.

    • Gee-reg

      Either way—-it does not mean the student wanted their laptop stolen

  • RJ

    I go to UIC and there have been a lot of stolen laptops recently. People have been breaking into people’s dorm rooms and stealing them while they are sleeping!

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