I stumbled upon this study today commissioned by Intel and executed by Ponemon. They key findings were:
So, protecting the information on your Laptop is fundamental and could significantly reduce the cost of a stolen Laptop – say: Switch on Bitlocker…
The whole study can be found here: Cost of a Lost Laptop: A Study Conducted by the Ponemon Institute
and the best way to prevent that is by having a backup of the laptop, and having several protections, maybe a harddrive password.