Stolen macbook air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by valleyboy, Oct 21, 2015.

  1. valleyboy macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    Recently bought my first apple macbook air the other week and we'll impressed until it was stolen from my car. I put it under the seat while I did a little shop but come back and my car was broken into and this among other things were stolen. I obviously reported it to the police but I did not activate find my mac or anything on it because to be honest I thought it was pointless.
    Is there a way to track it or am I screwed. I have my mac serial number etc which is on the box if this helps or am I clutching straws? Really gutted about this in two ways, my car broken into and my new macbook stolen.
    Any advice would be appreciated thanks
     
  2. 960design macrumors 68020

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    On your next purchase, consider yourself wiser and activate find my mac.
    Here is some advise from apple:
    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204315

    Basically your screwed. Sorry for your loss.

    Recommendation: remove all items from site inside your car. Rarely are cars broken into with absolutely nothing visible. Lock your doors. Most car break-ins are random chance pull on the door handle as the thief walks by. Check on craigslist for Macbooks for sale.
     
  3. valleyboy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply. I'm wondering if someone seen me put it under the seat while in car park? Looks like I'm stuffed then and really gutted as my first macbook :(. I thought with the serial number it was a slight chance it can be located but guess not. See what my insurance coughs up now so I can replace it and other stuff which was stolen in my car
     
  4. canuckRus macrumors 6502

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    Check with your credit card issuer or household insurance people if you have it.
     
  5. noanker, Oct 22, 2015
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    Sorry that happened to you. Any intrusion into one's personal space leaves a lasting feeling of violation.

    One question: did you place the MacBook under the seat BEFORE you got to your shopping destination OR after?

    I ask because being in IT, I've always instructed laptop users to place their laptop bag in their trunk BEFORE going to their destination, if they must keep it in the car. I always recommend removing it from the car, but sometimes that option doesn't exist. Many are unaware that thieves will watch for people placing items into their trunk before they enter a mall, etc. and then break into that vehicle.

    With your next MacBook, in addition to using Find my Mac, I strongly advise using FileVault to fully encrypt your disk (it's enabled from Yosemite onward) and create a firmware password. The firmware password removes the option for the thief from wiping the disk using recovery mode.

    Apple items are highly coveted by thieves and enthusiasts alike.
     
  6. valleyboy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply. I put it under after I pulled up so guess the fault lies with me mainly because I should have put it in the boot. Do u think if contact apple with the serial number they can trace it or do something? Definitely will protect it when get my new one soon as insurance sorted.
     
  7. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

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    I had my car broken into with nothing in it to steal. One lesson I learn't was never lock the Glove box. Damage done in trying to pry open the Glove box required a new Dash at a cost more than $1,000
     
  8. JoelTheSuperior macrumors 6502

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    Unfortunately if it wasn't registered with 'find my mac' Apple has no way of tracking it now.
     
  9. noanker macrumors member

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    No. Apple, to the best of my knowledge, won't have a way to track it.

    You may want to audit whether you had any email accounts (e.g. Gmail) set to log in automatically, or for that matter, any other log ins. They could look in your browser and access your account passwords if they were saved; bank accounts would be something a thief would look for. With Gmail, you can sign in from another computer and check "last account activity" and click on "details" to see if the MacBook logged in from another IP. You could then forward that IP to the police as an addendum to your police report (I hope you filed one) but don't expect anything from the police.

    It's not that the police aren't doing their job, it's just insignificant in the scheme of things with any department's case load.

    Hopefully you didn't have any unencrypted USB drives in your laptop bag with critical data on them......

    Meanwhile, change your passwords. In addition to the advice in my last post, use 2-factor authentication on any email account you have.
     
  10. Kebabselector macrumors 68030

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    You'd probably have more luck trying to find it on Gumtree or checking out your local CEX. Local scum use those places to shift dodgy stuff.
     
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    Dangerfish reminded me! The very first thing you should do when you get your next mac is install Prey from https://preyproject.com/
     
  14. valleyboy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for all the feed backs regarding this and i have contacted apple and the told me there was no way they can track it and even with the serial number they still cant :( . Really gutted to be honest and where new to all this. Looks like its gonna be down to my insurance company to see if they will replace it or help towards buying a new one?
     
  15. Steve121178 macrumors 68040

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    I face-palmed on your behalf.

    Find my Mac is certainly no guarantee of ever getting your computer returned, but to not activate it is just stupid. I presume you had FileVault turned on though? Please say yes.
     
  16. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    To explain: Without FileVault, the thief can read everything on your computer except for the keychain. For example any documents with addresses, where you might have written down credit card numbers, and so on.

    Find My Mac: Shows where your Mac is in case you forgot it somewhere while drunk and can't remember where. Can give a message to an honest person who finds your Mac. Lets you wipe your Mac clean in case some thief gets it to avoid your data to be read by a criminal.

    FileVault: Keeps your data safe so nobody can read it without the password. And I mean nobody.

    Keychain: Keeps everything stored there absolutely safe.
     
  17. valleyboy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No nothing on it. I'm new to all this so not done anything to it.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies. It's down to the insurance now to see if they will help or pay towards a new one. This time I will put what I can to protect my mac lol
     
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    Just a further tip to avoid being a victim in future. Don't leave anything on display in your car when you park. Including Jackets, bags, groceries etc etc. You mentioned that other items were stolen, it's quite possible that the thief broke into your car for something that was on view and just lucked out on finding your Msc under the seat.
     
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    It was probably Jesus with a friendly reminder to not get overly attached to material possessions and to spend more time with loved ones.
     

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