Laptop Computer and Personal Property Security

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Since the Family History Library is a public place, patrons should take precautions to ensure that valuable property will not be lost.

Laptop Computer and Personal Property Security

Laptop computers are valuable assets. They are also portable by their nature. This makes them a prime target for thieves. The Family History Library is a public place and it is not possible to guarantee that your laptop or other personal property will be safe.

You should have a means to secure your computer. Over 80% of the laptop computers on the market are equipped with a Universal Security Slot (USS) that allows them to be attached to a cable lock or other security device. Other devices are available to secure computers that do not have a USS. Cable locks are available at office equipment stores and online. Cables will not stop the most determined thieves but the very fact that you have locked your computer may make it too much trouble for a thief to bother with. Numerous other security devices (mechanical and electronic) are available commercially.

While mechanical or electronic devices are an important part of securing your valuables, you are the most important part of security. With this in mind:

  • Do not leave any valuable property unattended, even for a short time.
  • Choose an inconspicuous carrying case. Use a case that will not advertise that it contains valuable property.
  • Consider putting your name on your computer or other property. Anti-theft tags and other similar items are available commercially.
  • Lockers are available in certain areas of the library. They can be rented for a small fee.
  • Back up your important electronic data often. Keep a copy of your important files separate from your computer.

We hope that you have an enjoyable visit to the Family History Library. A few simple security precautions should prevent the loss of your property.