What can you do when your laptop gets stolen?

Discussion in 'Computing' started by cd, Aug 9, 2004.

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    cd Guest

    Yep it happened yesterday, Laptop was missing, someone obviously walked
    into my house and took it! a beutiful toshiba laptop gone!
    It has dial up internet access set up on it, I'm wondering if there is
    something i can do like if the thief gets on the internet with it using
    my account, My ISP logs all connections (i can view these on the DODO

    If they did log on surely ISP/police/telstra could track where they
    logged in from? or at least the phone number the laptop dialed from??
    and catch this SOB

    wish i installed some sort of GPS tracking device on the laptop to find
    it anywhere in the world with an accuracy of 10 meters. sigh...
    cd, Aug 9, 2004
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    Xerxes Guest

    Sorry to hear that mate.
    They won't be using your ISP if they are smart.
    On the otherhand, if they don't change the OS, then should they go and do a
    windows update, maybe MS can then help you out. Just a guess.

    Xerxes, Aug 9, 2004
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    TonyP Guest

    Yeah pigs might fly. I had no help from the police tracking thieves who
    phoned me twice trying to get information to help them use my credit cards.
    Optus wouldn't help without a police request due to privacy laws.
    A friend of mine once bought his stolen camera back at a police auction even
    though he'd reported it stolen. Apparently the police believe you are
    insured, and if not, tough luck!

    Police are too busy catching speeding motorists, that's where the money is.

    TonyP, Aug 9, 2004
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    cd Guest

    Darn i figured as much, i mean the cops took some fingerprints and that
    was it, they wern't interested in the model of laptop or anything.

    I'm quite sure the person who stole it is very dumb becuase they left
    the laptop bag, mouse and cables wich were right next to the laptop, but
    they did get the AC adapter wich was plugged into it anyway. But the
    thing is the user will have to be smart to work out how to even boot off
    the CD with this laptop if he were to format and re-install that is.

    it's also set up to auto dial to my dodo account when you open the
    browser or whatever wants to be connected to the internet. I read about
    software you install that will upload information and say where it is
    located(the laptop), i am not quite sure how it works but i wish i had
    installed that software.

    Dam this really is painful knowing somebody out there has your
    precious laptop and they are probably within Km's from your house
    enjoying it right now and checking out all your personal data etc.
    cd, Aug 9, 2004
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    Ken Taylor Guest

    Check your local second-hand or pawn shops. It's *way* more likely it funded
    a quick fix than was grabbed to fill a need to get on the net. If you find
    it in one of these shops you may even be able to get it back without paying
    again (there's a process, I'm sure someone else is familiar).

    Good luck.

    Ken Taylor, Aug 9, 2004
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    Tsunami Guest

    Know the feeling, I reclaimed one of my missing pushbikes at a police
    auction, it didn't go to auction and I even made sure that noone took it by
    mistake at the end. Then when my brother went to collect it for me (a good
    Repco mountain bike) the cops tried to fob him off with a shitty banged up
    racer....then when he asked them what was going on they claimed someone must
    have took it by mistake....they didn't even try to track it......I
    personally think it walked from the police station due to its god condition.
    So there was $300 or so down the drain.
    Tsunami, Aug 10, 2004

  7. Do the rounds of all your local second hand stores and Cash Converters
    Running Through The Forest, Aug 10, 2004
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    Just Allan Guest

    Yep it happened yesterday, Laptop was missing, someone obviously walked
    If I was you, I'd set up a second one in same situation and wait out
    of view with a baseball bat.
    Just Allan, Aug 10, 2004
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    Jerry Guest

    No offence, but your dreaming.

    Microshaft isnt going to give a stuff, and I'm willing to bet your ISP
    doesn't give a stuff either.

    And I'm not sure why you assume the theif is dumb, just because they left
    the bag, mouse etc behind???? Which do you think has the most $$$ value?
    If your escaping on foot, I'd just grab the laptop (and power adapter as
    they are about $100) and say **** the rest of it!

    I'm sure Mr theif will pick up a cheap mouse and bag elsewhere.
    Jerry, Aug 10, 2004
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    Black Adder Guest

    Thats alright. I was working for a company when someone broke in at night.
    Ripped the covers of 2 pc's and stole CPU's and RAM. However they left the
    butchered CPU fans behind. Whoops
    Black Adder, Aug 10, 2004

  11. And what would that prove? That you can belt a druggy?
    Running Through The Forest, Aug 10, 2004
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    Justin Thyme Guest

    Absolutely! I occassionaly do the rounds of pawn brokers in search of
    bargains - I am positive that 90% of the stock they carry is stolen. Quite
    a few times I've been in them when people are pawning things - it is always
    abos or white trash that are pawning items - things like SLR cameras,
    jewellry, hifi eqpt, playstations etc. FFS, if a coon comes into a
    pawnbroker with a heap of diamond rings, of course the bloody stuff is
    stolen, but they just hand over the money thankyou very much. Saw a
    pawnbroker hand over $70 to a piece of white trash for a playstation2, that
    had no controllers and no power pack. The piece of trash wanted $100. The
    kid behind the counter questioned the guy about the lack of controllers and
    power pack - he just answered that he bought it 2nd hand like that. so the
    kid checks with his boss, came back and offered $70 which the trash
    accepted. The kid then asked for id, the trash said he didn't have his
    licence on him, so the kid checks with his boss, comes back says it's ok,
    and hands the trash $70 cash. Seems to me pawnbrokers=legal traders in
    stolen goods.
    Justin Thyme, Aug 10, 2004
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    cd Guest

    I dunno how microsoft comes into it, But dodo has a way so you can see
    every logon, i mean if there was a login to my dodo account that did not
    match my times (i have been keeping track) then i can assume it is
    someone with my laptop, all i could get is an IP address and a time, But
    with that info telstra can find out where the call was made from at
    that time, But they won't do that.

    Ah ha, if the dam laptop bag is RIGHT next to the laptop and your going
    on foor i'd snatch the bag too! and for $$ value you get take the bag.

    besides there was a dodgy guy (crim out of jail) squating in a house
    only a few hundred meters away from my place, and had vanished around
    the same time my laptop was taken, so i'll do the math and assume it was
    this guy who stole it, also he was a complete dumb ass. (talked to him once)
    cd, Aug 10, 2004
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    cd Guest

    HAHA would be fun tho!

    nah what i have done is set up a cheap old PC and a webcam with motion
    detection software, i am sure this guy will come back as he has worked
    out where not at home all that often.
    cd, Aug 10, 2004
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    cd Guest

    That is a really good idea! thanks i never thought of that! and bieng
    tasmania wich makes it better due to the small population and limited
    number of pawn shops.

    will do that first thing tommorow, and drive to the pawn shops.
    well let you guys know if i get it back.
    cd, Aug 10, 2004
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    Andrew Guest

    Another option is to report it stollen to "toshiba". That way if any
    one calls up looking for a new part, they should be found out. I hear
    that some laptops are returned that way, but as always, the smarter
    crooks get away.

    as the person who took it must have known you had it, tell everyone
    about it. It might turn up if the person was stupid enough to take it
    for then self.

    place an add into the local paper about the stolen laptop, something
    might turn up.

    More importantly, place an add with a different number, perferably
    outside the area / mobile that no one knowns off (an friend two
    suberbs over would be best, but still in the same area for the local
    paper. This add is to say, wanted to buy, reasonable laptop and name a
    reasonable price. It might turn up, you could give the details to the
    police or just buy it back for a few hundred $.

    Note, with this last option, it would be best if you did not tell
    anyone about this as if they know, the bait is no good. Get your
    friend or work mate to show up looking to buy the laptop, do not be
    seen. If the person that took it knowns you or the person they are to
    meet, they might just walk away.

    also keep an eye open in all pawn shops in your area, upto 2-3 suburbs
    away. Look on ebay and local papers.

    Hope this helps, There is a lot of work involved, but it might be
    worth it for the information on the computer.

    Andrew, Aug 11, 2004
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    atec Guest

    In an ideal world yes , but the accounts of manu isp being resellers are
    much more difficult to retrieve .
    atec, Aug 11, 2004
  18. They're primarily interested in catching the crook, so they can improve
    their cleanup rate. Their statistics are much less concerned about
    whether you get your laptop back.

    Noel Bachelor noelbachelorAT(From:_domain)
    Noel Bachelor, Aug 11, 2004
  19. I've heard it mentioned that cash converters don't sell things that they
    have acquired locally. They ship them to another of their stores across
    the country even. (Probably both to avoid any previous legitimate owner
    discovering it, or the seller seeing how much they marked it up.)

    I've seen stuff in the one here in Darwin that seemed most likely to have
    come from down south.

    Noel Bachelor noelbachelorAT(From:_domain)
    Noel Bachelor, Aug 11, 2004
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    cd Guest

    Thats interesting, i did not know ISP's would keep/have a record of the
    caller ID, i know Telstra would of course have a record of it.

    Atec: your right, would be a big mess trying to get that from dodo who
    resell comondico internet :(-
    cd, Aug 11, 2004
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