macbook pro stolen. any advice?

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  1. tkjazzer macrumors 6502

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    Hello,

    My macbook pro was stolen today when I stepped away from my desk for 30 minutes. I got a police report and have the serial number and am trying to find out the MAC number (and unfortunately didn't have a program like undercover installed). I'm going to look at pawn shops, but does anyone have any other advice?
     
  2. xJulianx macrumors 6502a

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    Any security cameras looking over your desk? Any people nearby that may have witnessed?
     
  3. tkjazzer thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i interviewed everyone. it was friday afternoon and people were leaving early. No one was in the room that it was stolen from when I returned. It sucks.
     
  4. xJulianx macrumors 6502a

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    There's not much you can really do about getting it back, I should think it's long gone by now. You should concentrate on a replacement.

    Any chance that your employer will get you a knew one seeing as the incident happened on his/her/their premises? Maybe it's covered under their insurance?
     
  5. polishmacuser macrumors 6502a

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    Im really srry man i guess the only thing is to hope and next time just buy a lock and lojack or something. I hope you find
     
  6. e12a macrumors 68000

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    if the guy hasnt changed the mac address i suppose you can track him if he accesses the internet...however it takes a lot of resources and time to do that.
     
  7. Father Jack macrumors 68020

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    Sorry to hear that.

    Good luck, hope you get it back.
     
  8. imMAColata macrumors member

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    For your next mac get a safetycord that enables you to tie the machine down to a spot. I got that for mine and it enables you to step away from the machine without fear of someone just putting it under their shirt.
     
  9. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    Just curious: does Apple have a registry of reported-stolen Apple products, maybe by serial number? Not that they would actively track down what happened to a stolen item, but at the very least it would be interesting if you could report a serial number of an item you've registered as stolen, and at the very least it would raise a flag if someone later called in with that serial number asking for say, a repair or support issue, or tries to download a non-critical software update.

    A number of mobile phone carriers have this capability, to "blacklist" stolen mobile handsets by IMEI/ESN/MEID. Again it's not for active tracking, but when used correctly, it severely limits the usability of the stolen handset when the carrier, and any partners that honor the blacklist, refuse service.
     
  10. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    My advice:
    Purchase a new one and don't walk away from it ever. Get a desk lock for it if you are even going to turn your back for 1 second. Checking pawn shops and ebay are good ideas, but I wouldn't expect getting your computer back.
     
  11. MacDann macrumors 6502a

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    Get a license for Undercover, from Orbicule Software, here.

    I have used their product for several years now, and while I have never had to use it, it gives me some peace of mind knowing that if someone did steal my MBP (or other Mac that I have the software installed on) they would be able to help me recover it.

    I especially like the way they can now access the built in iSight to get pictures of the perps, too.

    Sorry about your loss.

    MD
     
  12. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Do you really think recover software increases your chances of recover (I'm actually asking, it's not a rhetorical question)? If I where to steal a computer, the first thing I'd do is format the hard drive. Won't this render the software useless?
     
  13. MacDann macrumors 6502a

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    It's not 100% foolproof, but if you read through their site you'll see a number of ways you can minimize the likelihood that a thief will get past it.

    Keep in mind that in many cases, the people stealing these aren't computer geeks, either. For that matter, I would suspect that the majority of them are somewhat lacking in intelligence.

    :rolleyes:

    MD
     
  14. CDailey macrumors regular

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    Do you think your average crook would be smart enough to format a hard drive? Or even waste their time to do it? They probably took it just to make some money off it.
     
  15. chasingshadows macrumors newbie

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    I would keep and eye on craigslist for the next few weeks.
     
  16. Blubbert macrumors 6502

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    A format of the disk would render the software useless, however, on their site, Orbicule states that every user should enable the Open Firmware password (or whatever its called on intel Mac's). With that on, there is no way that anyone will boot off of anything but your primary boot disk. That way, Undercover can do its job free.
     
  17. jng macrumors 65816

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    powermax.com is supposed to have a database of stolen macs, i think. at least according to this it does:

    http://coconut-flavour.com/coconutidentitycard/index.html


    I doubt you'll get it back. If you filed a police report, you might be able to get insurance to replace it or at least give you some money. That happened to a friend of mine once. He then ended up with a newer pbook revision than me....
     
  18. Simon Liquid macrumors regular

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    Don't give up entirely. It's very difficult to recover things if the thief is at all competent but a lot of them aren't. Case in point, my aunt's iBook, stolen from her home. We figured it was a lost cause. A few days later, the people who broke into her house were caught in another house a couple of blocks down her street. They actually had my aunt's iBook in a backpack! Of course it took the cops several additional days to match it up with my aunt, by which time she'd replaced it with a MacBook. As a teacher she couldn't wait.

    Just goes to show, with a little common stupidity and a lot of luck you could see your machine again. You seem to be on the right track, having given the cops all the relevant information.
     

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