What would you do if you found your stolen iPhone through Find My iPhone?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by FutureStan, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. FutureStan, Oct 30, 2011
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2011

    macrumors member

    Mar 17, 2011
    I just got my iPhone 4S, which makes it my first iPhone, and I'm absolutely loving it! :D

    While setting up iCloud I obviously turned on "Find My iPhone" feature which I think is one of the most useful features in the iPhone. But then it made me wonder, what if my iPhone was stolen and I found it through Find My iPhone, what should I do? I mean, as badass as it sounds, following the thief is probably the worst thing you could do. (Being alive > finding iPhone lol) so can this be useful information to the police? Can they act upon it or not? and what would you do?! :rolleyes:
  2. macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France
    I would indeed contact the police showing the location of my iDevice. I'd imagine they can use this information to locate the thief.
  3. macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    Phoenix, AZ
    Lock the phone if it isn't already and contact the police.

    It probably isn't very smart to be a hero and try to get it back yourself.
  4. macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2009
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2002
    Eastern seaboard
  6. macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2011
    I would call the phone number and hope someone would answer. I would need to set up a meeting place where I could give them the original box and all accessories. They would probably need this if they ever decided to sell the phone.
  7. macrumors member

    May 2, 2006
    Not sure where you guys live but it has been my experience that a cop would rather write a couple speeding tickets than chase down a lost cell phone. Has anyone actually had any luck getting the cops involved? (Aside from the guy who had is laptop stolen and brought media pressure to the PD.)

    I think it's more useful if you forget which bar you left it at or finding it in your office if you leave it in a conference room on vibrate and can't hear it ringing (FMiP can have it make noise, regardless of sound settings).
  8. macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    I'd try to actually locate the device myself.

    The police in my area aren't very helpful..
  9. macrumors 68020

    Sep 27, 2008
    If they stole it (and I didn't lose it/leave it somewhere) I'd find them, take my iPhone back, and then smash their right hand with a hammer.

    Now if I left it somewhere and they just took it, I wouldn't smash their hand as the fault was my own.
  10. macrumors member


    Jan 19, 2010
    I'd go looking for the thief and then start off with something like this...Well there's this passage I got memorized. Ezekiel 25:17. "The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men."
  11. macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France
    Nice. I suppose if you're going to track the thief down, which I wouldn't, that would be the way to go...provided you have something to back that quote up with. :D
  12. macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2010
    Lakeland, FL
    Track them down and take it back. If I feel getting the police involved would help then I will. But I am getting it back either way.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2011
    My friend did he left his phone in a taxi and the next morning rang the company they said they hadn't found it, so he found it with find my iPhone and drove to the location and rang the company again and told them that was outside a house with one of there cabs outside it took another half hour for the taxi driver to come out of his house with the phone.
  14. macrumors regular


    Oct 13, 2011
    Miami, FL
  15. macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2011
    police never do anything, my sister got beaten up by 4 guys!! 4 GUYS!! what happend nothing, they simply said, what do you want us to do....uhhh well arrest them, and then they said and then what, we need witnesses and all that crap, police are nothing but filthy scum and only do their job when it suits them, you best bet is to get a few friends together go find your iphone, when you find the person that has your phone you say this:

    God this stuff isn't getting to me - the shootings, the knifings, the beatings. Old ladies being bashed in the head for their social security checks. Nah that doesn't bother me. But you know what does bother me? You know what makes me really sick to my stomach? It's watching you standing there when i know you have my iphone, MY IPHONE!! so thats got me thinking, whats the surest way to get it back....because in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend. Those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig. bang bang bang, now I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five? Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I've kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum - the most powerful hand gun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question--Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk!

    by this point if they havent handed your iphone over beat the **** outta em :)
  16. macrumors member


    Jun 19, 2007
    Am I missing something? It doesn't actually give you a complete address right? I just signed up with icloud and turned on find my phone. I logged onto the icloud website and it gives me the name of my street (where the phone is located) but not the actual house number. How could you possibly track the phone to a particular house in order to get it back from someone who stole it?
  17. macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2010
    You could make it beep and listen for it.
  18. macrumors 68020

    Sep 27, 2008
    It will vector in pretty close over time, especially if the iPhone can receive a GPS signal. In the case of the previous poster that left in a cab, there was a yellow cab in front of a house in the general area the icon was indicating. In this case, it's exact location was probably pretty obvious...
  19. macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    The police aren't going to do anything for a freaking cell phone. Some will, but most won't. I'd lock it and then follow it. If I can't get it back, then I'd just remote wipe it.
  20. macrumors 68030


    Jun 28, 2007
    Mob Mentality

    I've read news stories where this strategy has worked. Thief was caught, by the police, and device returned.

    But, if you have friends in "criminal" places you could always send them after it ;)
  21. macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    I read that someone suggested wiping their phone but wouldn't that remove the find my phone feature?
  22. macrumors regular

    Sep 30, 2011
    The police arent interested in you having your phone back, but they are interested in catching thieves that have other stolen products with them as well. Whoever does steal iphones usually is stealing laptops and other electronics as well.
  23. macrumors 6502


    Jul 17, 2007
    East BF, TN

    And you'd end up in jail......and the thief would probably file a civil suit against you. He'd legally end up with your iPhone!
  24. macrumors 6502

    Oct 9, 2011
    Try to follow or find the location. If you feel unsure or unsafe call the police hoping they would assist you in getting it back.

    All while trying to video record your adventure. Then post that story online, on youtube and be vocal of the thief. Hopefully they will become infamous if a national news show covers it or it becomes viral =] :p
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 21, 2007
    I'd have to break both hands or find out which hand is dominant cause I'd hate to leave them able to properly pleasure themselves for several weeks!

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