Police urge laptop computer, bicycle registration

September 17, 2009 Jim Bush

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue police are encouraging the university community to register for an online program aimed at helping get lost or stolen laptop computers and bicycles back to their owners.

"If a person registers, we have all of the information on file in case their computer or bicycle is stolen," said Purdue police Capt. Eric Chin. "This helps the individual in that he or she doesn't have to find the box that the item came in or papers, and it will assist us when an item has been reported stolen or is lost."

Links for "Easy Bicycle Registration" and "Laptop Computer Registration" are at the bottom left corner of police department's Web site (http://www.purdue.edu/police/) for people to sign up their property. While the bicycle registration has been in place several years, the laptop program was launched last January. Nearly 6,500 bicycles and 2,387 computers have been registered, including 242 bikes and 379 laptops since Aug. 22.

Laptop computer registrants will be asked to provide the serial number and make and model. After the online form is submitted, the owner will receive confirmation that the registration is on file. The program is designed for laptops, but desktop computers can be registered, as well, Chin said.

For bicycle registration, individuals can pick up a sticker at the police department, 205 S. Martin Jischke Drive. The department will log the sticker number and information into a database.

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu

Source: Eric Chin, 765-494-8221, ehchin@purdue.edu

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