Where were you all a few weeks ago. I was travelling and I had just fininshed work. It was about 8:30 pm. I drove to the hotel, and I was too lazy to carry my stuff up to the room, and I was just going to take off the "work clothes". I was out of my car maybe 4 or 5 minutes, tops. Needless to say, car windows smashed...laptop and case gone. I even parked under a light right in front of the hotel.
Bad part: broken glass everywhere, they wrecked my cargo cover in the back, scratched my car, Confidential client data on laptop (not my data, I was doing a database app for an attorney...lucky it was all behind 2 good passwords), last 3 days work product gone, as well as the days hand written notes, receipts for the last 3 months, all my manuals and text books.
Good Part: I am still smiling. Laptop was a piece of crap anyway, I had left the digital projector, and 4 laptops on site, the 2 in the trunk were still there. Now I have been given a Sager to work on... for the time being. A person caught these "kids" breaking into cars and they pulled a gun on him.
What is the lesson. It can happen anywhere, anytime. I do not drive a real nice car, I keep everything out of eye site at all times, I park under lights and keep all my stuff with me most of the time. I even sit near the window in a restaurant so that I can see my stuff in my car. If you do any business travelling and training and carry a lot of electronics GET GOOD INSURANCE.
A tip for all those college kids: If you are going away to college, make sure that your stuff is covered under your parents house insurance. You may have to get an extra rider to cover a laptop this expensive, but keep the receipt, serial number and take few pictures for good measure.