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Research shows more laptops get stolen from homes than anywhere else

16 February 2010

A study from laptop security vendor Absolute Software claims to show that around a third of UK laptop thefts happen at home. Interestingly, this appears to be a higher ratio of home thefts than elsewhere in the world.

The research, which was carried out in conjunction with YouGov, found that 32% of UK laptop thefts happened in the home, compared to 22% in France, 18% in the US and 17% in Canada plus Germany.

Thefts from cars accounted for 24% of UK theft reports, with public transport – perhaps surprisingly – coming in third place at 8%.

Equally surprisingly, coffee shops and airports – sites often associated with laptop usage – accounted for a relatively low percentage with 2% each.

Dave Everitt, Absolute Software's general manager, said that the research will surprise some laptop owners, who often only think about security issues when they are on the move.

"However, with nearly a third of all laptop thefts in Britain occurring at a residential property, owners need to be extra cautious when leaving devices home alone", he said.

"There is a range of security measures that laptop owners can take, from simply locking their laptop in a secure location to installing software that enables personal files to be remotely deleted, tracked and even recovered", he added.

According to Everitt, with the amount of sensitive information now being stored on laptops and subsequent identity theft, personal security cannot be compromised.

Absolute's research comes in the wake of the successful prosecution of a 17-year-old in Austin, Texas, last month.

The teenager was traced after police and Absolute Software used Computrace LoJack for Laptops to trace the location of the stolen computer.

The laptop was allegedly stolen from the home of an AISD employee in December by the teenager's older brother, who is now in prison for the burglary. Though the burglar was caught, the location of the laptop remained a mystery.

Using the Absolute Software's tracking and forensic service, police were able to pin-point the location of the laptop when it was being used by the teen to check his email and to browse the web.

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