Theft Prevention

Theft of University-owned computers continues to be the most frequent property source of loss. Most computer thefts occur from offices and laboratories after normal working hours, although daytime incidents are not uncommon.

Theft Prevention

How to identify UBC departmental property?

Departments should engrave contact information onto laptops and other portable devices. Ensure the number is not engraved on an area that can removed – eg. laptop battery. It is the responsibility of each department to keep a registry of portable equipment: i.e. Device name and serial number, description, and name of staff assigned to device

  • Department name and contact number.
  • Campus Security 604-822-2222.

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How to reduce theft of UBC property?

To reduce losses look out for unfamiliar individuals moving about the area. Approach them, ask their business, and direct them to their destination. If they are lost, escort them from the office.

  • Store portable assets when not in use in a secure location.
  • Secure desktop computers, fax machines and other equipment with locking devices.
  • Locate attractive assets away from ground floor windows where they may tempt a passerby

To prevent a spur-of-the-moment smash and grab incident.

  • Close window curtains or blinds before leaving the office.
  • Make sure all windows, doors, and skylights are closed and everything is securely locked up when premises are unoccupied.
  • Consider reinforcing windows and doors.
  • Consider installing alarm systems.

Contact UBC Secure Access at 822-5276 about your security concerns and for advice on the cost and design of intrusion detection and alarm systems.

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