Coffee Houses: Primed for Laptop Left

Article shared from Kensington Safe Zone, written by Rob Humphrey.

Coffee houses have become popular and familiar places to hang out. Grab a cup of coffee, bring your laptop, get some work done, surf the net, read the paper – all in a very comfortable setting. Maybe a little too comfortable.

The New York Times recently reported on the perfect recipe for an expensive cup of coffee. ‘Distraction and extraction’ – finely tuned skills, honored by thieves, used to prey on unsuspecting patrons. One sting operation alone netted over 200 suspects.

Also, don’t count on other patrons to help keep your valuables safe. One incident was witnessed by two other coffee drinkers, neither of who did anything to prevent the incident, but did step up after the fact to indicate they had witnessed the theft.

PC World points out that free Wi-Fi attracts laptop users (and tablet users) by the thousands, creating the ideal location for a thief to strike.

Both articles illustrate how comfort is good, but any public location is a target for theft. Protect yourself and your belongings – stay vigilant and keep valuables locked down. An unfortunately, you can’t always trust the stranger next to you – don’t take the chance, use a lock when you need to use the restroom, or get a refill on the double shot Grande Americano.

About Jason Player
Chief Information Officer for Innovative Office Solutions. Responsible for making sure that all employee, customer and supplier partners have the information they need to meet their goals.

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