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Think security as computer equipment becomes criminal target

If you are unlucky enough to have a break-in then prepare yourself for the disappearance of your tablet, laptop, smart phone and ipod.

But console yourself with the way that your music collection, which might have taken years to build up and catalogue, is likely to still be there waiting for you as you survey the damage.

It was not always the case but times have changed and the value that thieves could once get from CDs and DVDs has plumeted and now the value is all around technology.

Recent figures from the British Crime Survey indicate that now computer items are stolen in around 35% of burgularies and less than 10% includes a haul of CDs and DVDs.

Nine years ago the situation was not far the other way round but with technology being larger and more cumbersome to steal. Now of course in the age of the slimeline tablet and ipod nano it's not that difficult for thieves to slip the products into a holdall and make good a getaway.

The warning as a result that resellers should perhaps be giving their customers is that if they are approached by someone with a deal that is too good to be true, has a dodgy feel about it and involves technology that could have been liberated from a home or office then questions should be asked.

It's also perhaps a good idea for the channel to review the security policies it has. It's been a while since we wrote about warehouses being broken into or vans having their contents stolen but that lack of headlines does not mean the threat has gone away.

 

This was first published in January 2012

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