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Laptop Tagging and Registration

Due to the evolving Covid-19 situation, IS&T Service Desk walk-in IT help and repair services will not be offered in the Atlas Service Center until further notice. If you have questions or need assistance, contact the IS&T Service Desk at any time 24/7 at 617-253-1101 or

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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.

Please contact the Service Desk (617-253-1101) for more information.

The STOP Tag is permanent. 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 permanent tattoo stating "Stolen Property". The tag cannot be removed by IS&T or STOP.

Q: Where and when can I have equipment tagged?

A: STOP tagging is performed at the Atlas Service Center in building E-17. If you have 15 or more computers to be tagged, please contact us at and we can make arrangements to visit your department or event. 

Q: Is there a fee to have equipment tagged?

A: No, there is no fee per item tagged.

Q: Can I have multiple devices tagged?

A: Yes. Please contact us at to arrange a special tagging session. We ask that you provide at least 1 week notice and the amount of devices you will need tagged.

Q: What devices can I have tagged?

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.

Q: What information do I provide at the registration?

A: We will record the serial number for the device, and contact information to reach you when a stolen device is recovered.

Q: What happens if I want to sell or transfer ownership of the computer?

A: Registration information can be updated or transferred to a new owner by contacting the central registration organization at See complete details at the page:

Q: Does this registration provide any geo-tracking? Does the tag have a GPS chip?

A: No, the label provides a deterrent to thieves by identifying the device with an indelible mark, but it does not provide location tracking.

Q: Can I register a device for someone else?

A: Yes. As long as you can provide accurate contact information for the owner, anyone can register a device.

Q: Have devices been successfully recovered?

A: Yes. You may ask for the most recent instances of successful recovery when you come in to have your computer tagged!

Q: Who administers the program?

A: IS&T and Security Tracking of Office Property (STOP) of Norwalk, CT.

Q: How do I determine the serial number of a computer using the OS?

A: Find the serial number of your Mac device (via


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:

wmic bios get serialnumber

Note: Windows 10 users may get to the Command Prompt by right clicking on Start button, or by typing "cmd" on Start screen to search it.

Mac OS X

Open the Terminal application and type:

ioreg -l | grep IOPlatformSerialNumber


Open a shell and type:

sudo dmidecode -t system | grep Serial

Note: The user will need to have root access to the system.

See Also

  • Theft Deterrents
  • Internal page for IS&T Staff: [hd:Organizing Laptop Tagging and Registration]

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October 27, 2021

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