STOP Program

Security Tracking of Office Property

Computers, particularly laptop computers, have become one of the most popular targets for both the casual and experienced thief.

In 2007, the University of Guelph Campus Community Police implemented the STOP (Security Tracking of Office Property) program and, since that time, hundreds of students, faculty and staff have purchased STOP security plates to protect their laptops and other electronic devices.

This anti-theft, recovery and inventory tracking system has been adopted by a number of educational institutions across Canada and the U.S. STOP’s anti-theft marking and registry system uses a permanently affixed aluminum plate to identify computers and office equipment. If the plate is removed, a “Stolen Property” tattoo with a toll-free number remains chemically etched on the equipment.

To purchase a STOP plate for a nominal cost of $20.00, students, staff and faculty are encouraged to download the registration form or they can stop by our office and pick one up at the front desk. We will record, the make, model number and serial number of the computer and its value so it corresponds to the STOP plate’s bar code before we install the plate on your computer. The information is stored on a secure Web-based registration and inventory tracking database. If you misplace your laptop, no matter where you are, the finder can call a toll free number for STOP and arrangements can be made for our laptop’s return. If you wish to sell your laptop to a friend, you can call the STOP number and transfer the ownership so they can enjoy the security advantages as well.

Please call the campus police at 519-840-5000  for more information regarding this program.


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The value of STOP Security Plates goes beyond deterrence. If your equipment is just misplaced, STOP Security Plates are marked with a unique registration number that dramatically increases the incidence of recovery by providing an easy way to do the right thing.          

If someone finds your lost STOP plated equipment where it shouldn’t be, they simply contact STOP by phone on our 24-hour hotline or connect with us online. STOP will make the necessary arrangements to get your machine back to you quickly.

Effective Deterrence

A STOP security plate is the most cost-effective anti-theft and recovery product available. Whether your laptop is lost or stolen, a STOP plate may increase the chances of your laptop being returned to you... the rightful owner.

STOP security plates significantly reduce the percentage of theft by clearly marking your equipment as an obvious liability for any would-be thief. Our patented system integrates a highly-visible ownership and warning label. Under that, there’s a chemically bonded tattoo stating “Stolen Property” that even a determined thief can’t remove and would find virtually impossible to explain to a potential purchaser.

STOP Security Plates retain your property's value while it's under your control, but if ever stolen, the prominently displayed plate and the tattoo beneath completely remove any value on the resale market.

Campus Safety Tips

  • Lock your dormitory door
  • It only takes a minute for a thief to steal your possessions
  • Store your laptop in a safe or other secure compartment
  • Never leave your laptop in a parked car - not even in the trunk!
  • Don’t leave your backpack unattended, not even for a minute
  • Manage your laptop as you would your wallet or purse
  • When in doubt, take it with you and keep it in sight at all times
  • Back up your data!

Protection that Works

For about the price of a pizza, STOP Security Plates:

  • Prevent theft by eliminating resale value
  • Thwart both professional and casual thieves
  • Create unavoidable obstacle to theft
  • Discourage unauthorized use
  • Provide best opportunity for honest return
  • Facilitate recovery via our 24-hour toll-free equipment identification hotline
  • Provide the most cost-effective deterrence, recovery and lifetime protection on the market

With STOP security plates, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that the cost of education no longer includes computer theft and loss.

STOP - Security Tracking of Office Property
17 High Street, Norwalk, CT 06851
Telephone 203 945 2020
Fax 203 945 2027


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