Stolen MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Elweezy, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. Elweezy macrumors regular

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    My MacBook Pro was stolen, I have nothing downloaded on it like hidden or anything to find it. What are my only chances of ever getting it back?
     
  2. graemeh88 macrumors member

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    realistically zero. if you have the serial number handy, you can register that with police, and go around to local pawnshops or where ever and inform them of the number and say it was stolen from you. other wise, you're s.o.l.
     
  3. Jmouse macrumors 6502

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    need more info, where did it got stolen? have you have any sort of insurance i.e. home and content?

    dunno how you would get it back?
     
  4. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    not much luck unless you have a good list of suspects
     
  5. Drewski macrumors regular

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    Pretty slim if he keeps it or sells it privately, but still report it to the cops with your serial number. If the thief tries to pawn it locally, the broker will check the serial with the police. Our 2 computers were stolen, an '09 MBP 13, and a Sony Vaio that was older than dirt ;) . The cops actually called me a couple months after, asking if I lost a MBP and PC. There were two just taken to a pawn shop. Turns out the cop called the wrong guy - he meant to call someone else who reported a lost MBP and PC.
     
  6. Elweezy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Stolen out of my house, but no insurance or anything. Messed up living situation. And I don't have any suspects :(.
     
  7. Elweezy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ugh, looks like I'll be shopping for a new MacBook soon. So for the future what are the good apps to download... Such as "hidden"?
     
  8. DePaulBlueDemon macrumors regular

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    Break-in or house guests? Report it to the police. Offer a decent reward for its return.
     
  9. Elweezy thread starter macrumors regular

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    It was "one of those nights" over 150 people. Rave night.
     
  10. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    I wouldn't just assume it was a male. Females do some crazy stuff for money.

    Anyway, report it to the police with the serial number. Also check your email accounts, if he/she is able to access your email because of cookies then you can find out the IP Address of where they accessed it. I know someone who for their iMac back that way. Also call Apple and see of somebody has tried to register that serial number again.
     
  11. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Don't waste your money on that whole localisation software gimmick, the thief only has to pull out the Hard Drive and format it with another computer to have it gone. It's a waste of money.

    And 150 people in one house is just asking for ***** like that to happen, I can't say I feel sorry for you.

    A kensington lock bolted to your desk might be a good idea next time.
    http://ca.kensington.com/html/17852.html
     
  12. kidwithdimples macrumors 6502a

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    Next time use PreyProject (it's free) so you can track that mofo down and call the po-po.
     
  13. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Like I previously mentionned, remove the HD, buy a new one and a 29$ Snow Leopard DVD(heck you can even torrent it, it's DRM free with no CD-Key) and voilà, the PreyProject program has been rendered useless and is money down the drain.
     
  14. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    or charge $20 bucks each to get into the Rave :cool:

    seriously ... good luck trying to get it back
     
  15. koruki macrumors 6502a

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    LOL *Like*

    The Macbook Pro is too beautiful for theives to resist not just cosmetically but even on resale value. Lock it away or hand cuff it yourself next time.
     
  16. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    That's just asking for it to be taken.
     
  17. Elweezy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, I didn't charge $20 but I did charge $10. So it wasn't a total loss.

    Wait so if they reformat the hard drive it doesn't matter what's on it. Its pretty much there's after? That's all you have to do with a stolen MacBook Pro?
     
  18. kellen macrumors 68020

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    You have back to my mac enabled with the share screen option? May be able to log in and turn on isight.
     
  19. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    You could do it with any computer. Not condoning the act or anything, it's just that going around OS X passwords and such is easy if you simply swap out the HDD.
     
  20. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    hmm ... this comment sounds like the thief posting?
     
  21. Elweezy thread starter macrumors regular

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    Its not, I just find it sad that it can be that easy. How much can a small GPS chip be seriously. Look at the ones in pets! You can't tell me a company with $50,000,000,000 dollars to invest can't make this happen.
     
  22. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    no offense meant ... but if you think about it ... stolen Macs mean more sold by Apple
     
  23. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    that's was legitimate thought. Many people think when they install apps like undercover or lojack that it somehow hooks into the bios/efi and can survive anything short of complete disassembly and reflash. The vendors don't make this obvious.
     
  24. Drewski macrumors regular

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    Yep. My fiance called Apple soon after calling the cops. Verbatim:

    Fiance: "My Macbook Pro was just stolen. Is there anything you can do now?"
    Apple Support: "Yeah, I can sell you a new one."
    :p

    And there's the politically correct tip that will really crack this case. :rolleyes:
     
  25. paulrbeers macrumors 68040

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    Ummm, most pet chips are RFID tags. They only work when an RFID scanner is scanned over them within a few feet. What you are discussing is a "lojack". First off, they would have to be powered in order to transmit and receive a signal at all times. This would mean your battery of your laptop would constantly drain. Secondly, this is not a "cheap" solution. Is it expensive? No. But at $50-100 per device you are adding quite a bit of cost. Third, space. I don't know if you have ever opened a laptop but there's not a lot of room in there.

    Frankly, the real "solution" is buying an lock for your dang laptop and putting it away when you have "company".

    Seriously blaming other people and/or companies for your own error is what is wrong with the world today. Grow up and man up.
     

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