|Laptop tagging is now FREE for the MIT community, and is offered at the IS&T Service Desk in E17-106.|
Download and complete the form prior to visiting our table. You need to find the serial number of the item being tagged, which can delay the registration process. See this article to help locate your computer's serial number:
How do I determine the serial number of a computer using the operating system?
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- On this page:
- Q: Where and when can I have equipment tagged?
- Q: Is there a fee to have equipment tagged?
- Q: Can I have multiple devices tagged?
- Q: What devices can I have tagged?
- Q: What information do I provide at the registration?
- Q: What happens if I want to sell or transfer ownership of the computer?
- Q: Does this registration provide any geo-tracking? Does the tag have a GPS chip?
- Q: Can I register a device for someone else?
- Q: Have devices been successfully recovered?
- Q: Who administers the program?
- Q: How do I determine the serial number of a computer using the OS?
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This is a service to tag and register laptop computers and electronic devices. This loss prevention measure is a visible deterrent to theft. Take a look at the product page to see the results.
Once applied, it takes 24 hours for the adhesive to cure. It then takes up to 800 pounds of pressure to remove the tag. If removed, it leaves a tattoo stating "Stolen Property".
Please contact the Service Desk (617-253-1101) for more information.
A: STOP tagging is performed at the Atlas Service Center in building E-17. If you have 5 or more computers to be tagged, please contact us and we can make arrangements to visit your department or event. For tagging of single machines, you'll find us as shown here.
A: No, there is no fee per item tagged.
A: Yes, up to 4 devices.
5 or more devices: Please contact the Service Desk (email@example.com or 617-253-1101) to arrange a special tagging session.
A: The tags are primarily intended for laptop computers, and large tablets (e.g. iPads). It may be possible to tag other devices (e.g. projectors), but the device must have a flat surface of at least 3"x 3" in order to affix the tag. We generally cannot tag iPhones, digital cameras, etc.
A: We will record the serial number for the device, and contact information to reach you when a stolen device is recovered.
A: Registration information can be updated or transferred to a new owner by contacting the central registration organization at https://www.stoptheft.com/ See complete details at the page:https://www.stoptheft.com/support/securityplatefaq#usedreregister
A: No, the label provides a deterrent to thieves by identifying the device with an indelible mark, but it does not provide location tracking.
A: Yes. As long as you can provide accurate contact information for the owner, anyone can register a device.
A: Yes. You may ask for the most recent instances of successful recovery when you come in to have your computer tagged!
Open a command prompt (by choosing the Command Prompt item from the Start menu, or typing cmd in the Start menu's "Run" box), and type the following:
Note: Windows 8 and 8.1 users may get to the Command Prompt by right clicking on Start button, or by typing "cmd" on Start screen to search it.
Open the Terminal application and type:
Open a shell and type:
Note: The user will need to have root access to the system.
- Theft Deterrents
- Internal page for IS&T Staff: [hd:Organizing Laptop Tagging and Registration]