March 8, 2011
-- Unfortunately, reports of laptop theft and loss are increasing daily. With the elevated dependence upon the use of smartphones, netbooks, IPads and laptops within our daily lives, it stands to reason that crime associated with the use of such devices would begin to rise as well. Thieves and crooks are coming up with innovative and inventive ways to steal precious valuables from users. The average person is most likely carrying some sort of cellular phone or smartphone on their person at all times. This gives criminals wide opportunities to pickpocket, snatch or forcefully steal your belongings with little to no reaction time. Fortunately, there are ways that you can protect yourself and your belongings should you find yourself involved in a theft situation. Listed below are just a few of the recommended steps you should take before leaving the house with a smartphone or laptop.
1. Avoid Conspicuity:
If a thief is unsure as to whether you are carrying a laptop or smartphone, he or she is less likely to target you. Many people house their laptops in decorative and distinct laptop bags or carrying cases. Many smartphones are emblazoned with sparkly jewels or carried within expensive cases. By choosing to keep your laptop in an inconspicuous, plain briefcase or bag, you quite possibly could thwart thieves from targeting you. Try not to draw attention to your expensive technology and the next time a thief passes you on the subway, he will likely keep walking.
2. Never Leave Items Unattended: This may seem self-evident, but leaving your items unattended invites theft quicker than you may realize. Even in the few seconds it takes to walk to the trashcan and back in a crowded airport, a crafty thief can make off with your property. Always keep your belongings close to your body and be sure to have constant awareness as to your surroundings. Your smartphone or laptop can disappear in an instant if you aren’t careful.
3. Keep Your Items Concealed: It is highly recommended that you do not leave your cellular phone strapped to your belt. Think of how easy it would be for a pickpocket or savvy thief to snatch your phone from you in a crowded street or subway without you even noticing. Gentlemen should be sure to keep their cellular phones in a jacket pocket so as to avoid theft or loss. Ladies should be sure their cellular phones are not within reach as well.
4. Be Prepared: One of the best arsenals against laptop theft is proactive preparedness. Always ensure your data is backed up in a safe place before leaving your home. If you store data on your smartphone, you are advised to back it up as well. Products like Snuko’s BlackBox Version 2 are designed to back up your data and files in real time. Therefore, if your laptop is stolen or lost, your data will all be easily recovered. In addition, Snuko’s software has enabled law enforcement to remotely track the whereabouts of your stolen items via GPS technology, as well as to remotely lock out the system from further use.
There are many tactics you can use to protect yourself against the growing number of laptop and smartphone thieves throughout the world. Keeping your items concealed and inconspicuously stored are great ways to avoid losing your items. In addition, protecting yourself in advance for theft or loss can ensure that even if you do find yourself the victim of theft, your data will be easily recovered.
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