Register Your Laptop, Personal Electronics or Bicycle
Laptops, personal electronics and bicycles are easy targets for theft. In addition to the cost of replacement, they may have personal information and intellectual property that can be difficult or impossible to recover and protect. The University of Michigan Police Department is offering a free Laptop, Personal Electronics and Bicycle Registration Program to members of the campus community to deter theft and avoid the consequences or assist in the recovery of stolen property.
Once you register your information, you'll receive two stickers to place on your device or bicycle. These stickers will help serve as a theft deterrent. Additionally, if your property is found or recovered, the registration record will help UMPD return your property to you.
The program is intended for the University community. You will need a uniqname and UMICH Kerberos password for the registration site listed below.
When you register your device or bicycle, information about your device or bicycle is collected by UMPD through this site. You will receive an e-mail to your University [your uniqname]@umich.edu e-mail address confirming your information has been entered. Once the information is collected, two stickers will be mailed or given to you. One sticker is for the top of the device or visible location on your bicycle to be a visible theft deterrent. The second sticker is for the bottom of the device or bicycle to list its UMPD registration number. This second sticker is manufactured to be difficult to remove and will leave a trace of its existence on the property.
You may register as many devices as you need. If you need further assistance in registering your property please contact the Community Outreach contact person at (734) 647-0656.
A cost-effective method to deter laptop theft is to physically attach the laptop to furniture or another sturdy location. 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. There also are motion sensors and alarms that can be purchased for your laptop. See your local computer retail outlet for more information.
- Keep your electronics with you, do not leave unattended
- Keep your electronics out of sight; store them when not being used
- Label your accessories and carrying case
- Password protect your laptop
Bicycles always should be locked at bike racks. Use a U-Bolt lock rather than a cable lock. U-Bolts are thicker and harder to defeat.
To report the theft of property on campus, call UMPD at (734) 763-1131. If you have questions about the UMPD Laptop, Personal Electronics or Bicycle Program, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.