Gizmodo is reporting on (as is almost everybody now) a Dell sponsored study that found that 12,000 laptops are lost every week by U.S. travelers. 1,200 per week are lost at LAX alone!
Here's some text from the executive summary:
Dell and the Ponemon Institute are pleased to release the findings of the first lost laptop and business traveler study of its kind. In the first half of 2008, the Ponemon Institute surveyed 106 United States airports and over 800 business travelers to understand the frequency with which laptops are lost in airports and the steps business travelers are taking to protect sensitive information on corporate systems. The results of the report are staggering:
- Up to 12,000 laptops are lost in United States airports each week
- Between 65 and 70 percent of lost laptops are never reclaimed
- Most laptops are lost at security checkpoints
- 53 percent of business travelers surveyed carry sensitive corporate information on their laptop
- 65 percent of those who carry confidential information have not taken steps to protect it while traveling
- 42 percent of respondents say they do not back up their data
Here's a link to the actual study on Dell's site.