While the best thing you can do to prevent accidental loss of your laptop/table/phone is to simply be careful and keep a firm grasp on it when using it, there are a few things you can do to help prevent it from being stolen.
In the event that you lose a piece of computing equipment such as a laptop or tablet, please follow these steps to get the ball rolling on recovering/replacing the equipment and protecting your data....
For loss due to theft or negligence the University is self-insured for replacement but, it is a reimbursement system. You will need to replace the equipment from one of your university accounts and and you will be reimbursed minus a $1000 deductible.
Replacement equipment must be similar to what was lost. No upgrades as a result of the loss except in the case where the original equipment is so obsolete any replacement would be considered an upgrade.
Also, Don't forget....
If you had personal information on the machine and/or you used it to access online accounts (like banking information, Amazon, travel sites, etc.) you will want to change your passwords on all of those sites and, you may want to consider setting up credit monitoring with the 3 credit bureaus just in case someone tries to use your personal information to open fraudulent accounts in your name.
You can do that with many different services but I (Tim Rolston) have had a good experience with the offering from Trans-Union. You can find ore information about their monitoring service here: http://www.transunion.com/personal-credit/credit-management/credit-monitoring.page