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I got back to college from Christmas break on Saturday to find that my 2-month old laptop had been stolen. It was attached to the desk with a standard laptop lock, which apparently you can cut through with wire cutters.
Now, my natural suspicion is that the cleaning lady stole it, although I could obviously be wrong. She's the only person who is "supposed to" enter my room over break, even though I was not permitted to deny her entrance.
Now, there were no signs of a break-in, and the door was left locked, which leads me to believe a key was used. Even if the cleaning lady herself didn't take it, I'm convinced it's her fault, because she might have left my room unlocked for any period of time.
I feel like this incident is completely my college's responsibility. Paying $8,000 a year just for room and board should provide you with the security that the college will not give out keys to people who are going to steal your stuff.
So my quetsion is, how should I go about complaining in order to try and get at least partial compensation for my computer? I go to a 1,400 student liberal arts college, so the administration is very accessible.
I don't want to point the finger at any one person, but I would like to make it clear that the college is at fault, because they can't just give people access to my room for all my stuff to be taken.
Also, I don't think there's any chance another student took it, because my $300 external hard drive was sitting right there and it didn't get stolen. I'm assuming the person who stole my computer knows very little about electronics, and is thus a low-level employee at the school.
Thanks for any advice. If there are questions I'll try to answer them tonight.