The sharp increase of personal computer ownership combined with the introduction of ever- smaller and more compact units has greatly increased the likelihood of loss by theft.PCs now top the list of most-often-stolen equipment. The Stolen Computer Registry was formed by an industry consortium in 1992 to foil hardware theft and foster confidence in the purchase of used computers. The Registry does not charge for its services.

When a computer is stolen, the make, model and serial number of the computer is entered into the REGISTRY’s relational database linked to information on the rightful owner and reporting agency. Buyers, resellers, insurers, law enforcement, and security professionals check suspicious computers against this list. When stolen equipment is located, the REGISTRY supplies information and assists in recovery and return of property to the rightful owners. The Registry does not charge for its services.

  • Corporate and individual victims of theft increase the likelihood of recovering stolen computer equipment
  • Resellers in the secondary computer marketplace protect themselves and their clients against being used as pawns for thieves
  • Buyers of used computers who deal with participating resellers are assured of receiving legitimate goods
  • Insurance agencies reduce indemnity payments by limiting the market for stolen equipment
  • Law enforcement agencies have a centralized clearinghouse to check rightful ownership of equipment.

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