“Today’s laptop is yesterday’s bicycle”

By Deane Barker on September 13, 2004

Laptops, tech toys drive rise in dorm room thievery: When I spent time in the dorms at Iowa State ten years ago, I can honestly say that I didn’t have a single thing worth stealing. Not so anymore.

Students can cart $3,000 or more in gear to campus just by toting their laptops, digital cameras, MP3 players, PDAs and DVD players.

To keep these high-tech toys from being heisted, some students are lugging steel-fortified footlockers to campus or tucking laptops into digital safes. Dorm officials are ordering lockable student desks and installing the keyless room locks common in hotels.

“Today’s laptop is yesterday’s bicycle,” says Eddie Hull, president of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International.