Help! Stolen iPad 2 in school!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by jkavi, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. jkavi macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2011
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    No. Apple has zero involvement in taking an active role in getting your iPad back.
  3. jkavi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2011
    What about just putting it up on their system as stolen? :(
  4. NameUndecided macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2011
    This is kind of what the Find My iPhone app/feature is for. Kids -- take advantage of this!

    I'm speaking halfway blind though. I've no idea how easy, if at all, it is for thieves to disable this feature.

    And I am sorry if this hindsight advice is more annoying than useful. I can imagine that this situation is rather sucky, and I hope that you get it resolved soon and happily enough.
  5. jkavi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2011
    I did use Find My iPhone, but the thief was quick enough to wipe it before I could put a lock on it. :(
  6. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    Next time ask someone nearby to watch your stuff. Otherwise, just take it with you.
  7. lilkangster macrumors member

    Apr 17, 2011
    You can report it to apple but they will not help you track it and find it. However they will log it into their system and if someone ever takes this device to the genius bar they will know its stolen and you will be notified. However, they will never track the device for you even though they are fully capable of doing so.
  8. IllIllIll, Nov 29, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2011

    IllIllIll macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2011
    Did you just make this up? No they won't. Apple is not a law enforcement agency and as such has no interest in keeping a database of stolen Apple devices that may or may not be legitimate:

    And from :

    Why do so many people falsely believe that Apple will help track a stolen product? It's not their job to do so. Do auto manufacturers keep lists of VIN numbers of stolen cars and deny service to any cars on the list, or notify the owner? No.
  9. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Dude, in university … that backpack is glued to you or else. Lesson learned.
  10. Shasta McNasty macrumors 6502a

    Shasta McNasty

    Jan 5, 2010
    Southern Cali
    The problem is the person "nearby" was the thief!
  11. mhdena macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2009
    Maybe in the Phillapines you can leave your valuables unattended, maybe you should have picked a school there:rolleyes:
  12. jkavi thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 29, 2011
    Sucks being an international student D:


    Lesson learned, too late :(
  13. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Seriously, it's only $. I've been scammed online for about that much once. Once bitten twice shy. You'll never do it again. :p
  14. heyloo macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2006
    Very true indeed. :( I'm sorry to hear about your loss, OP. While in college I worked in the IT department and they do have logs of the IP Addresses/login information associated with the Mac Address. If your IT dept. runs on a similar system, all students in my college were required to register their devices in order to have access to school's intranet. They should be able to locate the MAC address for your iPad from there. Yes, there are IT regulations however if you speak to the supervisors in the IT dept, I wonder if they could be of better help. Taking your professor with you might help as well. The supervisor could contact the network admin who has access to your information, and you guys could probably locate the last known location of where the MAC address popped up on school's network. That is...if the thief still has it around campus... Seeing how your iPad was wiped out immediately tells me that the thief either is relatively tech-savvy and/or has done this before.

    Regardless, unfortunately the chances of you finding your iPad again looks pretty slim at the moment. This is the one thing that I don't like about Find my iPhone - you can't find it if the device is wiped out...

    Well best of luck and don't lose hope just yet as miracles do happen!
  15. kulimer macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2011
    starting looking on craigslist and get the cops ready for you. lol.
  16. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Maybe if he got it engraved from Apple.

    Are serial numbers useless? How would you go about asking eBay sellers?
  17. NameUndecided macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2011
    That's actually something that would make sense to do, particularly for more upscale manufacturers like BMW or Audi and similar.

    Apple stores do keep record of who's name is attached to a product's serial number. I've taken a pre-owned iPad to the Genius Bar before and the previous owner's name was still listed in their database when they pulled it up. They went ahead and changed that accompanying name to my own, but the idea of being able to report that model stolen so that they can put that in their system and have it flagged does make sense. They might not do that, but the idea doesn't seem so far fetched to me.
  18. kulimer macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2011
    I thought serial numbers are for cars, and Apple only engrave itouch.
  19. Zincous macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2008
    Sacramento CA
    VIN are for cars and No
  20. macking104 macrumors 6502


    Jan 14, 2003
    California, USA
    Does the library have any security cameras? They would have caught the thief at the table and at the counter...
  21. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    that's a good idea
    He knows the exact hour at least.
  22. miamialley macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    From the OP's blog posted in the OP:

    "My precious iPad 2 was stolen in school yesterday, and it was the most devastating loss I have ever had."

    Doesn't this sentence put things into perspective? Sorry it was stolen, but try to replace it and move on.
  23. IllIllIll macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2011
    Sure it makes sense and doesn't sound far fetched at all. The problem is that Apple and any other manufacturer would be opening themselves up to a lot of potential legal problems if they started doing this. It wouldn't be difficult for some troublemaker or prankster to start randomly registering various devices as stolen. Even in cars equipped with LoJack systems, the owners must involve local law enforcement before they can track their car. Totally not worth it from the manufacturer's standpoint.
  24. Pressure macrumors 68040


    May 30, 2006
    He is in for a rough ride ;)
  25. bufffilm Suspended


    May 3, 2011
    you mean trust a complete stranger to watch your stuff. riiiiight...genius. :rolleyes:

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