Laptop computers are everwhere with many companies providing them for employees and many other consumers opting for the mobile convenience of notebooks. As notebook computers have become more prevalent than in years past unfortunately you can bet the undesirable element is not far behind. Professional crooks are stealing laptops in record numbers for either a quick sale on the black market or to break down into replacement parts. The Detroit Free Press has an article about professional laptop crooks and how they operate. They also give good advice for protecting the investment that’s been made in your laptop. I am constantly surprised at the number of people that leave their expensive laptops on the table in Starbuck’s while they visit the restroom.