Public Safety Alert: Your laptop will never be safe again

Two more laptops were stolen this week, according to a University public safety alert.

After a female student fell asleep shortly after midnight on Monday, an unknown suspect broke into her Harbin dorm room and stole her laptop. Another student, who lives in Alumni Square, discovered that his laptop was stolen sometime between 10 p.m. on Tuesday and 4 a.m. on Wednesday.

In both cases, the residences’ doors were not locked.

23 Comments on “Public Safety Alert: Your laptop will never be safe again

  1. Your laptop will never be safe again if you don’t lock your door. Stop being dumb people.

  2. hide yo kids, hide yo wife…. but most importantly, HIDE YO LAPTOP

  3. it takes a real liberal scumbag to call people dumb for having their laptop stolen from their room while they sleep… i know you liberals like to justify theft as a socioeconomic issue and a crime of necessity, but you can be guaranteed that anywhere else in the country that is not infested with liberal scum, grand larceny is not blamed on the victim

  4. so you would call someone who leaves his/her door unlocked and then gets a laptop stolen “smart?”

  5. it’s not about being smart/dumb. i have never been at any place where continuous grand larceny (and more recently, kidnapping) is merely shrugged off and blamed on the students…

    i know i am not the only person that things we need to clear house at the Department of Public Safety… our school is quickly turning into a public mockery with it’s horrific crime rate which inevitably devalues our hard earned degree.

  6. I don’t think it’s “liberal scum” blaming people for having their laptops stolen. I don’t blame the people who put their laptops in their rooms/apartments, locked their doors, and left, and somebody broke in and it was stolen anyway. I think that’s a serious issue that our campus police has so far been incompetent in dealing with. I do, however, think that with such a high rate in crime, students should be fully aware that leaving their doors unlocked is not a good idea anymore. I don’t see it as justified for someone’s laptop to be stolen, regardless of how rich or poor they may be, and there’s no indication that these students (even though they may be attending georgetown) are even remotely wealthy. There are plenty of people on campus who own laptops who are here on scholarships and financial aid. Regardless, leaving one’s door open is a stupid idea, but that doesn’t stop the fact that our campus police should be competent in dealing with such issues.

  7. Don’t assume that the stealing being done in residence halls isn’t being done by other students. If students can operate drug labs, deal drugs, and steal iPods, what makes you think some aren’t stealing many of these laptops? Any undergrad can get upstairs into any residence hall before 10p. So, it doesn’t even need to be your floor mate; it could very well be one of thousands of schoolmates. Also, while going into an unlocked private space is, legally, a “break-in,” the phrase often used by the student press that a room was “broken into” is, I think, intentionally misleading and used to juice up the story. It puts the image in the reader’s mind that someone kicked in a door.

  8. Why don’t people just lock the door? Argue all you want that it’s not fair to blame the victim. Lock your door anyway. You probably wear your seatbelt. It’s not your fault if you die in a car accident when a drunk driver hits you. But, if you were wearing your seatbelt, you have a much better chance of surviving. If you lock your door, you have a much better chance you won’t be a victim. People should do what they can for themselves to improve their quality of life and not expect that everything can be accomplished for them, regardless of their participation.

  9. Obviously it is wise to lock your door… that’s not the point. The point is that the system is broken. I can understand a laptop stolen here and there, particularly when it is accidentally left behind for extended periods of time and then gone forever when the person comes back. That is the extent of theft at 99% of other schools. Why are we in the 1% with dozens of laptops stolen per week, strong arm robberies in one of the most populated and well-lit places in campus, attempted kidnapping, and dozens of assaults and strong arm robberies in the SAME PLACE (VIllage A) for weeks? And yet, NOBODY has been caught. Sounds beyond fishy to me. Not to mention, we are in the safest neighborhood in D.C.

    It is baffling, and you have to look at all the possible answers outside the normal realm of intuition. Is there possible organized crime operating within our university? Are these robberies an inside job by DPS? Is it one or two individuals that are extremely skilled? Or is it a combination of several of these theories? Why is it that no thief has been caught, and why is it that the administration waits 24 hours to send out warning e-mails? The crime rate within the university is magnitudes higher than even a block outside of campus, and magnitudes higher than comparable universities as well. The fact that not a single criminal has been apprehended, and the only thing stopping the kidnapping from happening was a METRO PD officer, it is clear that the numbers simply do not add up. I’m sure that if you ran statistical testing, it would be increasingly clear that something very strange is happening within our university

    There comes a point where you stop being drones to the system and begin to look for answers. It’s a scary thought that people who you pay to protect you may in fact be the greatest threat to your safety.

  10. What I don’t get is that Village B apartment doors lock automatically… or at least my doors do. Also, you have to go through two doors to even get into most Village B apartments… BOTH of which should lock automatically. Both the door out to the street and the apartment door would have had to been propped open for anyone to get into an apartment without breaking down a door. I don’t know… the Village B one sounds a little fishy to me

  11. @ David,
    Your use of the phrase “liberal scumbags” really takes away from your otherwise good points. Maybe in the future, tone down the trash-talking before you raise serious issues.

    As to your theories and recommendations, I don’t think the thefts are an “inside job” operating through DPS, mostly just because I don’t think DPS is competent enough to pull of an organized theft ring. But I do agree that something is very very broken, and the University has officially become complicit in it.

    Students HAVE TO, RIGHT NOW, stop squabbling about SAC funding, and GUSA recommendations, and Corp lines, and climbing ropes hanging on doorknobs. It is time for EVERYONE to focus on a much bigger issue: the safety and security, in both person and property, of the entire community.

  12. Good Point, Tim.

    I tend to use “liberal” not to describe a class of political views, but rather as a a specific derogatory word to describe people who refuse to blame the people who really should be blamed due to political correctness. I apologize and understand that good people can be political liberals, and that’s not who I am attacking. I am frustrated at the contempt at specific people that refuse to look at the underlying issues due to a fear that they will find answers that do not agree with their close-minded view of the world.

    I repeat, my use of liberal is not “politically liberal” but rather a very specific meaning of the word. Sorry for the misunderstanding. (For the record, I classify myself as socially liberal, fiscally conservative.)

  13. dude you are best internet troll i’ve seen in a long time. i’ve never lol’ed this hard at this sort of thing before. great work, 10/10 for sure. Keep it up.

  14. @David So what you’re saying is that you’re misusing the word and just expect the rest of us to intuit what you’re talking about? Isn’t that just like a bottom-feeding conservative, and by conservative I mean a specific class of people who have never owned a word-a-day desk calendar.

  15. You are not worthy of speaking to David. Long Live David!

  16. One wonders how vigilant DPS officers SHOULD be when they read (yes, the CAN read) that they aren’t “smart enough” to pull off an inside job. You aren’t smart enough to lock your doors, but you’re so smart you know more than DPS officers, most of whom have been in law enforcement longer than you’ve been alive. You are so smart that you know that ‘liberal scum’ (as opposed to whom — Glenn Beck?) are too stupid to accurately attribute responsibility, but you’re so arrogant that you expect me to know that “liberal” means only what you want it to mean.

    Take responsibility for yourself David dearest. Lock your door. Stop expecting a big city univrsity to operate like the gated community from whence you spring.

  17. @ Adult Student,

    A lesser person than me would hope that you get mugged on Prospect Street.

  18. Wish all you want Tim. I’m smart enough to take care of myself, and have better sense than to walk alone in the wee hours, and expect someone ELSE to protect me. And you should have posted “A lesser person than I (am).”

  19. Pingback: Vox Populi ยป ANC Wrapup: Crime waves, triathlons, and Go Fresh

  20. Students should invest in laptop locks. I ALWAYS kept my laptop locked to my desk when I was at Georgetown– even when I was in my room (with the door locked.) If your laptop is literally chained to your desk it cannot be stolen.

    Of course this does not excuse the absurdity of all of these thefts, but the $25 spent on a lock is a small price to pay compared to the hundreds to replace a stolen computer, not to mention the stress and headache of losing your work during finals.

    On another note, back up your data!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>