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'LoJack' not just for cars anymore

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By Darragh Copley - email

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Technology can help us find stolen cars and lost pets, but now there's a system to help find stolen laptops.

Investigators say criminals target the computers because they can sell the hardware and steal your identity.

Every 50 seconds a laptop is stolen, according to Absolute Software. Now, law enforcement officers from the Columbia Police Department and around the Midlands are being briefed about new technology aimed at recovering stolen laptops.

"Not only are we getting the stolen computers back, many times we're getting evidence and uncovering serious crimes in that can help law enforcement as well," said Jennifer Bramlet with LoJack.

LoJack for Laptops, once the computer chip is activated inside your laptop, acts like a beacon to the company and police. Once you report your hardware stolen, LoJack listens and looks for the criminal to log on. The remote recovery service then alerts police to arrest the suspect and secure your laptop.

Almost a million laptops vanish every year, many from college campuses that's why Bramlet says they came to Columbia.

"I know from my years of policing since 1984 this is really the only tool law enforcement has right now to recover stolen computers and with your digital life, your banking, you're family pictures everything in the world you keep on your computer its worth it to protect it."

Bramlet says LoJack for Laptops works hand in hand with law enforcement to crack down on any type of crime not just minor misdemeanors.

"Child porn rings to identity theft, identification documents, forgery you name it, just about any crime you think of involving a computer, we've uncovered it," said Bramlet.

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