The recent theft of a JLab laptop from the ARC building brings home the importance of following procedures.
The laptop was stolen from a third-floor laboratory during the middle of the day earlier this month. The computer was taken by a person who entered the ARC through deception and spotted the laptop on top of a desk in an open, unoccupied lab. Group members using the lab had gone into an adjoining room and left the lab.s hallway door open. Less than 30 minutes later, a JLab employee working with the group noticed the laptop was missing, and alerted the group. They conducted a search and immediately reported the suspected theft to Top Guard, JLab's security force. A short time later, Newport News police apprehended an individual who had possession of the laptop in the trunk of his vehicle.
Because the laptop still carried its JLab property tag and had been reported stolen, detectives were able to quickly work with JLab Security, Property and Cyber officials, determine ownership, recover the property, screen the system for abnormalities, and return it to the JLab property owner.
Lessons from this event:
Submitted: Friday, April 25, 2008 - 2:00pm