I work in an open plan area. We have "hot desks" (first come first serve). I use a laptop and don't want to carry it with me all the time. How can I leave it in the desk, making sure it is not possible (under reasonable circumstances) to steal it?

One option is to get a drawer with a lock. That's what I am currently asking for. Yet, I am curious of other ways. Any experience about this?

UPDATE on company.

We are a small and fairly new company, nothing like a big firm with strict and clear IT procedures and practices. No rules on locking or so. My employer own the PC since it paid for it, but we can also use it for our private purposes at home. In the end, it is understood that if users leave the company, they will pay off the laptop (if still fine) for a few hundred dollars, which is in any way much cheaper, given that the laptops are quite nice. So it's kind of "its a company laptop but well, kind of mine in the end". Don't expect too much in terms of rules or enforcement.

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    The standard (non-hack) solution is a Kensington lock. My company insists that all laptops are secured when left unattended, especially at night.
    – Stephie
    Jul 19 '19 at 12:02
  • Do you own the laptop or does the company you work for own the laptop? Jul 19 '19 at 14:15
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    @JamesJenkins a Kensington lock needs no physical alterations - many laptops simply come with that little “slot” where the end of the cable goes to. And the lock itself is around 30€...
    – Stephie
    Jul 19 '19 at 15:24
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    @laudate You'd be surprised - a decent quality Kensington Lock will stop most attempts to cut it short of bolt butters. They aren't perfect - but you usually can't get them off with out at least moderately damaging the laptop they are connected to. Jul 19 '19 at 16:05
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    @JamesJenkins Kensington locks don't generally require modifying he hardware anyway as most business-grade laptops already have the appropriate "slot" for them. Jul 19 '19 at 16:06

Short of riveting the laptop to the desk top, the only real method is a cable/lock combination designed to prevent theft. Kensington is just one brand. Most laptop manufacturers (HP, Dell, Lenovo, etc.) market their own house brand and one is as good as another.

An important point might be that the manufacturer's brand might be the best if it was designed for that particular laptop.

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