iMac almost got stolen

Discussion in 'iMac' started by JasperNL, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    May 18, 2012
    Hi everyone,

    Last week someone broke into my house, they stole my 2TB Time Capsule, some other external HDD and a (non-Apple) laptop...

    Fortunately, they could not manage to steal my iMac. I've locked the iMac with a Kensington lock. They tried to cut through it with a knife (see first picture below).

    I want to suggest everyone to lock both their iMac AND their Time Capsule! My new Time Capsule is now locked with the same lock.

    Here are some pics:




    You can clearly see that they tried to break off the lock from the iMac. I'm now a little concerned that because of the damage, the security of the lock is now less than it should be. What do you guys think? Do you think Apple can provide a new body for this iMac? The insurance company will pay for it probably.
  2. macrumors regular

    Dec 10, 2012
    I would have preferred them (the tea leafs ) to have had it away and claimed on my insurance than to have had a damaged iMac like yours

    just my 2 cents
  3. macrumors 65816


    Jul 9, 2009
    375th St. Y
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Nov 1, 2007
    At least he keeps some of his data.
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    May 18, 2012
    Correct! Since my backup (the Time Capsule) was stolen too...

    I hope they can fix the damage, but I actually doubt it...
  6. macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2012
    Near Glasgow - Scotland
    That has reminded me to attach my cable lock to my new iMac ;)
  7. macrumors 68000

    Jan 26, 2008
    Thanks for posting that. I was wondering if those locks even worked. I have them attached to my new iMac, my Time Capsule and an external drive. I figure it would at least slow them down.
  8. macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2012
    I can't think of anything to fasten my cable to since my entire desk is one of those glass aluminum assembled with Allen key types.
  9. macrumors 68020

    Nov 15, 2007
    My iMac is also chained to the desk with one of these. Fortunately no one has tried to steal it yet.

    Good lesson learned here, you need an offsite backup as well or a house fire, thief, etc could wipe out all your data. Food for thought. I take a hard drive into work and rotate it home to refresh/update it periodically. Also "cloud" for important documents in dropbox or whatever.
  10. macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Those locks are good, and are being fitted to just about everything now...A buddy bought a Netgear network switch...cost £28.00 but it too has the little Kensington lock on it. Thieves, creeps.
  11. macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2008
    I'd be pissed if someone stole my data
    Nudies and all
  12. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    You should show Kensington, it is good marketing from them. Hopefully insurance will have it repaired.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2005
    Pasadena, Ca
    Thanks for posting. Luckily they didnt get away with it. I was wondering how I could protect my new imac. Now I know. Insurance and Kensington Lock!
  14. macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    Wow good job you locked it up, it could've been much worse returning home to find that everything is gone. Is it possible to lock the iMac thought the stand cable hole? I may do this to save attaching locks to the main body.
  15. macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2012
    It probably was someone whos order is still 'processing' :eek:
  16. macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2009
  17. macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Can you link me to these? Never heard of them
  18. macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2007
  19. macrumors 601

    Nov 25, 2012
    United States
    Well that was a good idea that you had your iMac chained via Kensington, however I'd be more concerned about the security of your home. If they had time to attempt to cut the Kensington that much then it doesn't sound like your home security (if any exists) wasn't reliable.
  20. macrumors 68000


    Nov 15, 2012
  21. macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2012
    I would like to know too, my desk wouldn't be hard to get past if I attach it there.
  22. macrumors newbie

    Dec 27, 2012
    A good reminder to be a little more conscious about security.

    Hope you manage to get your iMac repaired.
  23. TennisandMusic

    Aug 26, 2008
    This made me laugh.
  24. macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2011

    Any financial or other personal information on the backup?

    (What I'm getting at...was it encrypted?)
  25. macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Here is what I would do .....

    1) Take it to Apple Store and get an estimate for repair.

    2) Give estimate to Insurance.

    3) If they say to replace it but not repair, good for you.

    However at this point it can get better for you.


    Ask your insurance company if you can buy it back for 'scrap value'. Now if they are agreeable it will be the Insurance Company who determines 'salvage value. You can decide if you want to buy it or not.

    There is even a slim chance the Insurance Company will tell you to just trash it, but in the case of the iMac and its potential value that would seem unlikely.

    Good luck with it!

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