How to Report a Stolen Computer

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How to Report a Stolen Computer
Report a stolen laptop or desktop computer right away. (computer image by Ewe Degiampietro from

If your laptop or desktop computer was stolen, you need to take immediate action and contact the appropriate authorities. By acting quickly you can heighten your chances of recovering the stolen item. You will need to contact your law enforcement agency to file a theft report and the manufacturer of your computer to report the item stolen. If the computer belonged to your employer, you will also need to contact them to make them aware of the stolen property.

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    Call your local police department to report a stolen computer. You will be required to give your basic information such as your name, address, date of birth and phone number. When giving the computer description, include the computer's service tag number and model number. This information is normally included on your receipt from your purchase. Ask for a case number and the name of the investigator who will be assigned to the case.

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    Contact the technical assistance department of the computer's manufacturer to report the item stolen. You will need to provide them with your basic information and police information including, the investigating officer's name, your case number and the police station's telephone number. The technician will log your police report under the computer's service tag and flag the computer stolen. If someone calls the technical assistance department and provides the stolen computer's service tag number, the technician will get the caller's name, address, phone number and pass that information on to the police department.

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    Report your stolen computer to a stolen computer registry. You will need to enter the computer's model, make and serial number into the registry. This allows law enforcement, buyers, resellers and insurers to check computers against this list.

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    Report your stolen computer to your security department at your job if it was your employer's property. Provide them with the information from your police report and let them know you've contacted the computer's manufacturer to report the item as stolen.

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