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Having your laptop stolen can present all sorts of problems.

What to do if your laptop is stolen from your car

If you’ve ever had your laptop stolen from your car, you’ll know exactly what you’ll be facing – needing to secure your data and information and fork out the cost of a replacement computer. It’s best to try and prevent its theft, and know exactly what to do if in the event it does get stolen.

To prevent theft of your laptop

• Have your laptop engraved to prevent re-sale and help with recovery and identification

• Keep your laptop serial number handy and keep your receipt

• Never leave your laptop in your vehicle, and if you do - hide it out of sight

What to do if your laptop is stolen

• Call the police and report the theft. Make sure to keep note of the policy report number

• Access your accounts by logging onto a different computer. Reset all of your passwords to ensure your security is not compromised. This includes social media, banking, and emails

• Lodge your insurance claim with your police report number handy, as well as proof of purchase and photos

Laptop insurance

To protect your back pocket in the case your laptop is stolen, make sure you have insurance in place. Depending on which home contents insurance policy you have, you may be able to claim all or part of the cost to replace your laptop.

Home contents insurance is important in order to cover your possessions. You can also add insurance for the full value of individual specified valuables on your policy for an extra cost. It’s also important to remember that if your laptop is used for work, you will need to have it covered under a business insurance policy instead.

A comprehensive car insurance policy may also help to cover your laptop theft, as well as other personal property stolen from the vehicle. This will help if items are damaged in an accident, or if they are taken from a locked vehicle. A car insurance policy can also help take care of items such as trailers and baby car seats too should they need replacing.

How you choose to insure your laptop is dependent on your needs and situation, however both vehicle and home contents insurance are important to consider and remember, your laptop theft can only be claimed on one policy. If you’d like to find out more about either of these policies, visit Home Insurance or Car Insurance

Insurance issued by Insurance Australia Limited ABN 11 000 016 722 trading as CGU Insurance. Any advice is general only. Consider the relevant PDS available from cgu.com.au to see if a product is right for you.