Macbook Stolen!!!

peanut48

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Apr 4, 2006
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Hi all..my white macbook 13 2.0 GHZ was stolen from my melbourne home and its serial no is 4H6306XQU9E...i dont have insurance...i have reported the serial no to the cops....is thr anyway i can recover it? if anyone comes across it pls do report it as stolen...:(
 

sierra oscar

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Apr 23, 2006
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South Australia, Australia
really sorry to hear about this

Just like our mobile phones can be rendered useless via the serial - there should be a free / standard way our computers can be rendered useless as well - in a similar fashion.

There are ways to protect your computer however now - but not after the fact here - and I'm unsure of the success rate of those services anyway.

Again - really sorry to hear this, did you get anything else stolen?

Edit: for future reference - this is a interesting read
http://www.itinsurance.com.au/upload/Documents/Custinfo Sheet.pdf
 

peanut48

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Apr 4, 2006
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thanx guys...this has really upset me....another dell laptop was also stolen along with a digital camera and mobile phone to name a few....i know i wont ever see my macbook but i'm prayin for a miracle...
 

Mydriasis

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Mar 17, 2005
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So sorry man!!!

I guess the most painful part is loosing all of the data, did you have any backup.

I hate mean people:mad: , who do they think they are anyways. You and I go to work everyday and make an honest living and then these lazy ***holes come along and do something like this.

I saw a group of teenageres a couple of months ago scratching up cars, what are these people thinking?

Anyways, I feel for you.
 

Pressure

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May 30, 2006
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It would also be a good idea to report Apple the stolen serial. If anyone sends it in for a repair, they will be able to see that it is stolen goods.
 

ripfrankwhite

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Dec 13, 2005
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Sorry to hear about that. Next time be sure to install a recovery program. That can improve your chances.
 

discounteggroll

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Aug 6, 2006
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im really sorry to hear that. I work for apple, and 2 pieces of software I always refer (especially college customers) to are: Lo-Jack and Undercover

http://orbicule.com/undercover/

http://www.lojackforlaptops.com/

for around $30-50, your computer is safe against theft from the everyday criminal. keep in mind that the computer MUST connect to some kind of network in order to be found. if the theif automatically removes the hard drive (and is smart about it) then thats a different story, but for the vast majority of criminals out there, they wont think that there is any theft software installed or enabled.
 

Mydriasis

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Mar 17, 2005
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hhmmm... I like that undercover thing! Sending pictures of the criminals, hihi:p .

Lets hope none of us will ever need it.
 

viperguy

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Nov 3, 2005
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If this guy is going to sell it on ebay, you have no chance of ever finding it again.
I think :(
 

ZoomZoomZoom

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Sorry to hear about that :( Unfortunately, your laptop is probably gone, never to be seen again. It sucks that we live in a world where laptop locks are nearly mandatory for security.
 

YoNeX

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Apr 29, 2005
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puckhead193 said:
anyone use "Computrace LoJack for Laptops" I saw it at the apple store and it sounds good but do you think it will actually work....
http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore.woa/wo/2.RSLID?mco=D9F24F97&nplm=TJ669LL/A
In essence it should work. It pretty much calls home (Lo-Jack HQ).

But if you are really clever, you can create a script that phones home, your website with the IP, date, and time. Then once you get that information, call up the local ISP and see if they are willing to handover the information for the person, then you should be able to find the culprit. (Same technique that Lo-Jack uses)
 

peanut48

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Apr 4, 2006
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thanx everyone but thrs nuthin i could do wit these softwares or programs now...its gone my precious :(
 

bossass

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Aug 27, 2006
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LoJack is so the goverment can track you. Suckers.

Seriously, take that $50ish bucks for a year subscription and get renters insurance for like $120 a year. It'll cover your laptop (and you can schedule it again all theft and damage for another $15 or so) AND all your other junk. You should be backing up data and who would want their laptop back after some scumbag had it for a while. Not me. Just give me a new one please.
 

steve jr.

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Jul 4, 2005
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well, if it makes you feel any better, it may be covered by your homeowner's insurence. i know my stuff up to a certain $ amount in my college dorm room is covered under my parents house deductable. doesnt help the lost data, but may get you a new computer. worth a shot.
 

EMAGDNIM

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Oct 6, 2006
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leftfoot said:
God what is with everyone getting their **** jacked?

Sorry for your loss man, getting stuff stolen sucks, I hate theifs :mad:

For real...this is the third topic I've come across today about stolen macs...

Sorry to hear about your loss...
 

generik

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Aug 5, 2005
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Was your home broken into?

Melbourne eh... sucks considering I might eventually move there. Didn't know crime is that bad there :mad:
 

Pr0jkt

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Aug 26, 2006
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dude i'm so sorry to hear that your macbook got stolen, i treat my mbp like my daughter i'd kill anyone who wanted to mess with it. again i'm sorry
 

generik

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Everyone should give serious consideration to these.

As an added bonus if the battery in your MBP explodes, it won't take out the rest of your home with it. ;)
 

n8236

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Mar 1, 2006
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Wow, i keep running into threads of ppl's laptops being stolen.

I'm typically very paranoid about mine and watch it like a hawk.

Sry 'bout ur loss.
 

YS2003

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Dec 24, 2004
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Finally I have arrived.....
I am also curious to know how the actual recovery process works. Finding the IP address and getting snap shots of the jack*** who stole is one thing; sending in the law enforcement authority to arrest that ****head is another.
Does law enforcement actuall act on the tips and info those software companies provide them?