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MOBILE COMPUTER CARRYING CASE WITH WARNING LABEL TO DETER THEFT

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013735D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 37K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Tens of thousands of mobile computers are stolen worldwide per year. Many such thefts occur outside the work place, namely on streets, in airports and other transportation termi- nals. Instead of using expensive computer disabling mechanisms or built-in alarms, this invention takes advantage of a psychological approach using a warning label on the computer case to serve as a deterrent to theft. We propose the use of two large labels or a carrying case stamped with the message that at present, the computer is totally disabled, therefore not worth stealing. For example the label or warning sign embossed in the carrying case can read: WARNING: THIS COMPUTER IS PRESENTLY INOPERABLE. Included can be a uni- versal icon illustrative, for example, of a broken computer or a universal sign with a diagonal slash. This type of warning on the carrying case will deter thefts even if the computer is totally operational due to the psychological impact of the label. Such warning labels have been shown to be effective in numerous retail applications as well as preventing house burglaries. 1

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MOBILE COMPUTER CARRYING CASE WITH WARNING LABEL TO DETER THEFT

    Tens of thousands of mobile computers are stolen worldwide per year. Many such thefts occur outside the work place, namely on streets, in airports and other transportation termi- nals. Instead of using expensive computer disabling mechanisms or built-in alarms, this invention takes advantage of a psychological approach using a warning label on the computer case to serve as a deterrent to theft. We propose the use of two large labels or a carrying case stamped with the message that at present, the computer is totally disabled, therefore not worth stealing. For example the label or warning sign embossed in the carrying case can read:

WARNING: THIS COMPUTER IS PRESENTLY INOPERABLE. Included can be a uni- versal icon illustrative, for example, of a broken computer or a universal sign with a diagonal slash. This type of warning on the carrying case will deter thefts even if the computer is totally operational due to the psychological impact of the label. Such warning labels have been shown to be effective in numerous retail applications as well as preventing house burglaries.

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