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Crime Alert

Crime Alert

The theft of computer memory chips appears to be a growing problem on campus and has gained recent media attention.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been five incidents of memory chip thefts on campus, at a loss of several thousand dollars. The thefts of memory chips have included, but are not limited to, Sun, Hewlett Packard, and high-end Macintosh systems.

In these recent thefts, the thieves enter both locked or unlocked rooms, carefully remove the computer case, remove the memory chips, and replace the cover. To the user the machine does not appear to have a problem until it fails to start or starts but has little memory space available.

The Campus Police Special Services Division is investigating these thefts. Special Services is also researching how wide the memory theft problem is in the Cambridge and Boston areas and if certain suspects are responsible for these types of crimes.

The Campus Police Crime Prevention Unit, along with the MIT Computer Connection recommend the following crime prevention tips:

Install a security enclosure device manufactured by Anchor Pad or Compu-Gard. Additional information about these devices can be obtained from the Crime Prevention unit at x3-9755, or the MCC, W20-021, x3-7686.

Contact Jerry Issacson, Information Systems Security, at x3-1440, for virus and storage data security. Information Security Office Web Page:

Always keep your office, lab, or dorm room secure.

Contact the Campus Police at 3-1212 to report any suspicious activity and any incidents of theft.