Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Desktops > iMac

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Nov 28, 2011, 03:47 PM   #1
shmwy
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Tracing a stolen iMac

Over this last weekend my apartment was broken into and my iMac was stolen. The door was kicked in, but the front door, which requires key card access was not forced. This leads me to believe it was one of my roommates (who are all strangers to me). Obviously I am quite upset over this loss, as it had all of my most important information on it.

I was writing to ask whether there is any way to track the computer with its MAC address. I have this piece of information only, unfortunately, as it was a second hand buy and I never wrote down the serial number. I also have an iPod that was tethered to the iMac and I don't know if I can find the serial number of the computer from the iPod or not.

Any help at all is much appreciated, and hopefully I can get my computer back, as all of my finals are next week!
shmwy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2011, 04:00 PM   #2
wrinkster22
macrumors 68030
 
wrinkster22's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Toronto
ohh that sucks! do you have iCloud? If you do find my mac would likley be set up. Name:  Screen Shot 2011-11-28 at 4.59.35 PM.png
Views: 7088
Size:  42.8 KB
__________________
macbook air 2011 ultimate, iPhone 5 16gb rogers, iPad mini retina 32gb, iPod shuffle product red (newest)
wrinkster22 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2011, 04:10 PM   #3
shmwy
Thread Starter
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
no unfortunately I don't have anything installed that could track the computer. Hopefully I can somehow prove it was my roommate
shmwy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2011, 04:19 PM   #4
johnjay1776
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Try opening a console window and looking at the ARP table for your machine. If the stolen iMac is on the same LAN as you are then you'll see your stolen iMac's MAC address in the arp table.

If this were AIX UNIX, I'd tell you to do an "arp -a" but I am not sure what the equivalent command is for OS/X. A quick look on the web would tell you though. There are also "network discovery" applications that could help you here too ... Look for an app called "iNet" in the App Store.
__________________
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one." -- Thomas Paine
johnjay1776 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2011, 04:21 PM   #5
eljanitor
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Sorry to hear about this. I'd say you should call Apple with questions like this. I would imagine that you have the original receipt for your iMac which may help in some way. I also hope you went to your local police station and filed a police report about all of this, otherwise chances are nobody is going to do much for you.
eljanitor is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 28, 2011, 04:49 PM   #6
wpotere
Guest
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Nope, MAC address will do nothing for you and neither will Apple. You need to file a police report and hopefully you have insurance so that you can get it replaced. Most likely the police will do little for you either to be honest. The report is more for the insurance but if there have been a rash of theft in your area at least they will have your information if they do recover the stolen merchandise.

You might monitor Craig's list in your area but it will be hard to do without a serial number as you can't prove it was yours.
wpotere is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Desktops > iMac

Tags
imac, ipod, mac address, stolen, thief

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Stolen iMac - please help roland.g OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion 0 Aug 27, 2013 02:20 PM
Ray Tracing Problems Help Please Veins Mac Pro 6 Jun 27, 2013 11:06 AM
Letter tracing - does anyone know of a UK version? UKMacie iPad Apps 0 Mar 20, 2013 07:21 AM
Tracing lost or potentially stolen files via recovery software. DeusExFructus Mac Basics and Help 2 Feb 15, 2013 09:16 PM
iMac almost got stolen JasperNL iMac 28 Dec 28, 2012 10:02 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:42 AM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC