Dean of Students

Laptops and other portable electronic devices are easy targets for theft. The University of Michigan Police Department (UMPD) offers a free Laptop Registration Program to members of the campus community to deter theft and assist in the recovery of stolen property. If a registered laptop (or other electronic device) is lost or stolen – and then recovered – UMPD can identify its owner and return the item.

Once you register your device online, you will receive two stickers in the mail: a larger sticker that acts as a theft deterrent for the top of the laptop and a smaller registration sticker for the bottom. This second sticker is manufactured to be difficult to remove and will leave a trace of its existence on the laptop.

How to sign up:

  1. Go to dpss.umich.edu
  2. Select ‘Register Your Laptop’
  3. Log in with your uniqname and password
  4. Select ‘Enter New Item’
  5. Enter your personal and laptop information

In addition to the Laptop Registration Program, a cost-effective method to deter theft is to physically attach your laptop to furniture or other sturdy place. Most laptops have a Universal Security Slot (USS) to which you can attach a specially made security cable. If your laptop does not have a USS slot, then a laptop cable with an adhesive pad will work as well.

Remember:

  • Never leave your laptop unattended
  • Keep your laptop out of sight; store it when it is not being used
  • Label your accessories and carrying case
  • Password protect your laptop and other portable electronic devices