Claims Rise as Laptops Gain Popularity.
Reports of losses from accidents, thefts and other damage among owners of notebook computers have risen steeply over the past three years, according to a recent analysis of personal computer damage claims conducted by Safeware, The Insurance Agency, an insurer of computers, electronics and high-tech equipment. In 1999, claims by notebook owners accounted for 88 percent of the total personal computer claims field, compared to 53 percent in 1997. In the same period, annual losses from notebook PC claims increased more than 11 percent, to nearly $1.75 million in 1999. All personal computer claims in 1999 totaled approximately $1.9 million.
"An increasing number of schools and students are purchasing notebook PCs to support everyday learning," said Don Strejeck, president of Safeware. "With more and more students carrying personal computers back and forth to class in their book bags, accidents are inevitable."