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DePaul issues warning in rash of laptop thefts

Area college students should keep their eyes on their laptops because computer thefts are increasing on Chicago campuses, college officials said.

On Tuesday, DePaul University issued an alert to students and staff regarding recent laptop thefts from public places on campus. The most recent happened in the Richardson Library and Student Center on the Lincoln Park campus, the school said.

DePaul isn’t the only area university to experience thefts of laptops. According to  reports from the University of Chicago police, at least a dozen laptops, mostly Apple MacBooks and MacBoook Pros, have been taken from libraries, dining halls and other buildings on the Hyde Park campus this month. 

Laptops were taken from buildings such as the Regenstein Library, Reynolds Club and Crerar Library, according to the U of C police. Most had been left unattended, with a couple taken as the owner dozed nearby.

Other area schools urge students to take precautions when such patterns start to develop. “Whenever we see a pattern (of incidents such as iPhone, iPod or other electronic device thefts), we send out a special broadcast to students,” Loyola University spokeswoman Annie Hughes said.

James Scalzitti

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