That’s the call from police in Cheshire’s Western Area who have seen an increase in thefts in the past few weeks.
Thefts have occurred across the area with the culprits targeting homes and cars to gain access to the computers.
Detective Chief Inspector Brian Roberts, Crime Manager for Western Area, said: “For criminals, laptops make good business sense as they are portable and of high value and are relatively easy to sell on – there is solid potential demand for them.
“The Proactive Policing Unit is looking into these crimes and is currently reviewing forensic and other evidence in relation to the thefts.
“But as ever it is always better to prevent a crime than to detect it and I want all laptop owners to consider how safe their computer is.”
David Owens, Crime Reduction Advisor, said the most simple, but most effective, security measure is to deny criminals access to your property.
He explained: “Most thieves are opportunistic and by shutting and locking doors you can deter all but the most persistent criminal.
“All laptops should be marked to identify them as belonging to you.
“If you see any suspicious activity or are offered a laptop in suspicious circumstances or doubt it is a genuine sale contact us immediately on 0845 458 0000 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”