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Trackers fitted to students' PCs
Person using a laptop
About 100 laptop machines are stolen daily in the UK
University students in Leeds have had tracking devices fitted to their laptops as part of a campaign to prevent them becoming victims of crime.

West Yorkshire Police have already increased patrols in the Hyde Park, Headingley and Woodhouse areas, where many of the city's students live.

The force has also produced a series of podcasts with basic security advice.

Eighty students signed up to have high-tech tracking devices fitted to their laptops for free.

More laptops were stolen in burglaries at student accommodation in Leeds last year than any other item.

'Massive impact'

Crime reduction officer David Harrison said: "The theft of a laptop tends to be something that people don't think about until it happens to them.

"For a student this could have a massive impact as they may have stored all of their coursework on there."

West Yorkshire Police's website has a new section where students can download the podcasts, find security advice and details of how they can get tracking devices fitted on to their property.

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