Laptop theft and the theft of other highly portable and easily re-sellable electronics is a persistent threat on university campuses. S.T.O.P. is a theft deterrent system, designed to discourage opportunistic laptop thieves and reduce the number of thefts on campus.
S.T.O.P. offers asset protection tracking, management and recovery of removable items like PCs, laptops, and cell phones. The S.T.O.P. security system makes selling the device virtually impossible, while also allowing rapid tracking of lost or misplaced equipment. Here’s how it works:
- A security plate is sealed to the case. This plate bears a unique ID number, a warning message and a telephone number to call for ownership verification.
- An indelible tattoo under the plate is etched into the case when the plate is sealed. If a thief succeeds in removing the plate, a “Stolen Property” message is revealed.
- A bright red police identifiable warning sticker adds another effective deterrent.
- Each plate ID is registered in the S.T.O.P. international database, along with a description of the equipment and ownership information. A quick phone call verifies the legitimate owner.
- S.T.O.P. takes care of returning lost or stolen equipment to the owner.
- Owners can immediately report a theft to the S.T.O.P. Hotline, and STOP will help you notify local police.
For $20.00, you can register for this program and get the security plate installed on your personal items. UTSC Campus Community Police will enter the plate identification number in the S.T.O.P. database for you, and give you a copy of all the information you need for your registered items.
University departments can register for S.T.O.P. at the Campus Community Police office at SW304 from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Students may register for S.T.O.P. plates at the UTSC Bookstore.