- First, ask how your child has tried to resolve the issue. Has he talked to his roommate? Have they discussed the potential theft issue?
- If that hasn't worked, there are two next steps - the first is for your child to protect his belongings. That means taking his laptop with him or safeguarding it in the room, by stashing it out of sight and/or using a laptop lock. Dorm insurance may be a good idea too.
- Second, your child's dorm RA can help here. At some colleges, RAs check doors as a matter of course, and some go as far as to enter, take something and leave a note that says, basically, "Had I been a less ethical person, your laptop would be gone forever. Come talk to me and you can get your laptop back." Urge your child to get his RA's help in dealing with this, whether it's forgetfulness or something more cavalier.
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