I haven't heard of any laptops in the Hamilton being taken, it's a smaller area so there might be less chance of someone trying to steal it when the owner could be still in the room. But to be honest I think it's mostly the 'I'll leave my laptop to keep this space while I go for a two hour lunch break' people that have to worry
Apparently 5 laptops were robbed from the BLU within an hour on Thursday (according to a tweet...) which is absolutely crap.
It's quite easy for non-TCD students to get into the library anyway, it's not like there's retinal scanning. I've often walked into the BLU without even flashing my student card properly, so...
I often leave my laptop unattended if I'm just popping down to the bathroom, or to grab a drink/ coffee/ whatever, but some people really do take the piss. I've seen people leaving their laptops unattended in the 24hour overnight, which is actually just really stupid.
People (strangers included like) have asked me to keep an eye on their laptops while they head off, which I think is a really good approach.
Yeah, I read that tweet as well. When the library was opening in the morning the attendants made a point of telling people to watch their stuff, usually they don't say anything. They had extra signs up as well.
Great posters too.
"I could be robbing you right now! Love the laptop bandit!!!!!!!!!!!!" with a picture from clipart of an evil looking robber in a stripy top.
Ireland's Premier University.
Stop giving UCD such a hard time. It's getting old.
I used to go to UCD and laptops used to get stolen from the library there. Just stating a fact.
If it makes you happy, I did find the library facilities better there. Toilets are 'in' the library there!
There are toilets in the Lecky*, you picked the wrong subject area
*said toilets may not be clean...ever...
Hammo ones ain't shiny clean either!
If people are leaving laptops unattended for longer than a few minutes, I don't know why anyone is surprised they are being robbed. You wouldn't leave your wallet with 500 euros sitting on your desk, would you?
I saw one on a desk on Friday. It wasn't near any books, a bag, notes or a charger. Baffling, just sitting there.
This ^^. Your laptop is worth hundreds of euro - leaving it unattended is just too much temptation for some other Library users. Don't be naive - you wouldn't leave it unattended in the Buttery or in the Pav - the Library is no safer from opportunistic thieves.
This article appeared a couple of years ago in a UCD student newspaper after a spate of laptop thefts.
> **Gravity Reigns Unchecked in James Joyce Library**
> **by Hamish Hack**
> Following last month's shock revelations that valuable items left
> lying around in the library have been stolen, the College Tribune can
> now report that personal possessions dropped in the same building have
> been tumbling to the floor.
> Amanda Airhead, a 3rd year arts student, says: "Yeah, I threw my
> mobile phone towards my friend ten feet away and it fell down and
> smashed. When I spoke to the library authorities, they just said it
> was my own fault and refused to refund me.
> Brendan Bolshie, Student's Union Rent-A-Quote, said: "It's
> disgraceful. We imagine the library is a safe environment and then
> this happens. Whenever we complain, they come out with all this
> fascist nonsense about personal responsibility. Also, the library
> hasn't been vocal enough in its condemnation of the Iraq War."
> Next month: Student jumps down stairs in JJL and breaks leg due to
> library negligence.
Repeating myself here but, jesus christ, people (mainly 1st meds) don't seem to realise that people use the computer rooms to do work and not blare youtube videos around the room and give people google maps tours of their home town.
My heart sinks every time I see a certain group of pharmacy students come into the east end computer rooms. They genuinely do not know how to STFU
I tell them to stfu! No tolerence to that shít any more. I look forward to doing it in 3 weeks time!
Emailed an academic in the UK re her publication list, didn't really answer my question...just good luck with my dissertation. Ah well, the good wishes are no harm anyway (currently hiding from the lit review >.<.