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sam ali 30.06.2015 15:23

Laptop stolen.
 
So, my laptop got stolen recently. Nothing expensive, but it is just a hassle for me now as I had a few important documents on it.

Anything I should do about it? Report to the police etc? Or just forget about it?

Sam

Principia Discordia 30.06.2015 15:27

Re: Laptop stolen.
 
Sort of depends on how it was stolen, no? If I forgot mine on a park bench, I wouldn't report it. If someone broke into my car or home, I would. If someone stole it from my desk at work, I'd report it to the appropriate people at work, etc.

No matter how it was stolen I'd call my insurance company.

Corbets 30.06.2015 15:35

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Originally Posted by Principia Discordia (Post 2412641)

No matter how it was stolen I'd call my insurance company.

... who will probably require a police report before paying out any claims. ;-)

sam ali 30.06.2015 15:36

Re: Laptop stolen.
 
I think someone took it out my bag in a classroom. I do not remember if I left it on the desk or in the bag. Went to get a coffee. Class ended and I assumed it was in my bag probably. Did not need to use it in the last few days so did not think about it and when I looked for it today, then I could not find it. Racking my brains as to where I truly lost it. It's not at home and I just went to class and back.

Meerkat33 01.07.2015 13:11

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Not worth the hassle imho unless you want to claim some insurance or the laptop was borrowed, a few days have passed and you're not that sure.
But if you wanna do your civic duty go ahead, I think it would be important for the university or whatever to keep a statistic of thefts (and consider options) maybe you can tell them so they can warn everyone if there are several thefts.
Regarding important documents, keep a backup!

mirfield 01.07.2015 13:14

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If it was stolen from your classroom, then I'd certainly report it to a member of staff, even if you don't want to go to the police just now.

sam ali 01.07.2015 14:05

Re: Laptop stolen.
 
I reported it to the staff members today. Can't do anything anymore.

Now looking into getting a new one. Sigh.

ebernard 01.07.2015 15:02

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I would go directly to the police... or do you have it insured?

Island Monkey 01.07.2015 15:37

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Quote:

Originally Posted by sam ali (Post 2412644)
I think someone took it out my bag in a classroom. I do not remember if I left it on the desk or in the bag. Went to get a coffee. Class ended and I assumed it was in my bag probably. Did not need to use it in the last few days so did not think about it and when I looked for it today, then I could not find it. Racking my brains as to where I truly lost it. It's not at home and I just went to class and back.

So you don't know it was stolen, more likely you just lost it :rolleyes:

mirfield 01.07.2015 18:58

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Originally Posted by Island Monkey (Post 2413340)
So you don't know it was stolen, more likely you just lost it :rolleyes:

If it was taken from a bag, that's theft. If it's taken from a table that's theft. Seems pretty comprehensive to me.

xynth 01.07.2015 19:16

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Originally Posted by mirfield (Post 2413456)
If it was taken from a bag, that's theft. If it's taken from a table that's theft. Seems pretty comprehensive to me.

Exactly. People often think that they can assume ownership of found property, or that if someone took an item they forgot somewhere that it is 'lost' and not stolen. No, that's theft. Both legally and morally.

Island Monkey 01.07.2015 19:21

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Originally Posted by mirfield (Post 2413456)
If it was taken from a bag, that's theft. If it's taken from a table that's theft. Seems pretty comprehensive to me.

Quote:

Originally Posted by xynth (Post 2413468)
Exactly. People often think that they can assume ownership of found property, or that if someone took an item they forgot somewhere that it is 'lost' and not stolen. No, that's theft. Both legally and morally.

Yes, but he doesn't even know where he left it. Also may have been handed in to police or similar, you can't assume it has been stolen.

Phil_MCR 01.07.2015 19:26

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Originally Posted by Island Monkey (Post 2413470)
Yes, but he doesn't even know where he left it. Also may have been handed in to police or similar, you can't assume it has been stolen.

yes. it is probably wherever he left it, waiting for him to pick it up again! :D

glowjupiter 01.07.2015 20:28

Re: Laptop stolen.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Principia Discordia (Post 2412641)
Sort of depends on how it was stolen, no? If I forgot mine on a park bench, I wouldn't report it. If someone broke into my car or home, I would. If someone stole it from my desk at work, I'd report it to the appropriate people at work, etc.

No matter how it was stolen I'd call my insurance company.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Corbets (Post 2412643)
... who will probably require a police report before paying out any claims. ;-)


No matter what insurance might require and who ends up paying, without immediate notification of the theft OP runs the very high risk of not being refunded for the laptop - no matter if the money for that refund comes out of the OP's insurance's, the alleged thief's insurance's or the thief's own pocket.

OP, do things the way they should be done - hassle or not - and file a police report immediately while notifying your insurance immediately. Take notes of what you know about your laptop and the circumstances of the alleged theft, make many copies of those notes, and take them everywhere you go to get your laptop (the real thing or its monetary value) back.
Good luck :-)

vuachère 02.07.2015 14:15

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Ask your educational institution's reception or building management people whether they have this. Someone may have handed it over to them.

If not, it is theft. We (in an educational institution) have been repeatedly warned not to leave our belongings unattended- in fact, even to close our office windows (and doors) if we are just darting off to the printer down to corridor.


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