My car was stolen (from a major suburb in the Boston area). Wondering about next steps. [more inside]
I've seen the culprit who has stolen my car driving around town and actually trying to sell it on one occasion. Police have been unable to arrive in time every time I spot him and alert them. They are also apparently too busy to track him down with the license plate info and surveillance footage I have provided. I'd like to determine his address and get my car before he sells it. I have the Plate and Vin of his own vehicle. [more inside]
My debit card was stolen. Normally this would be a no-big-deal, happens-all-the-time kind of situation, but this particular card had never left the house and seems to have been stolen from the kitchen table. Please help me decide what to do. [more inside]
I had my Macbook stolen last week. I believe it was set to automatically log into my user and it logs into all sorts of websites (Paypal, Amazon) automatically. So I'm inclined to go change all my passwords, but immediately after the theft, I activated all of the timebombs in Apple's Find My Mac, and it hasn't popped up online. Can I assume that the thief can't use my login information, since he doesn't know my admin password and if he ever goes online and tries to use my auto-login stuff, the computer will lock down? Or can he migrate that data over to another computer and use it there?
I lost my phone in November. I tried using Location History and Where’s My Droid to track it to no avail, then gave up and bought a new phone. Today, I noticed that about a month ago several selfies of a handful of guys in an electronics store had been uploaded to my Google Photos online. There is no location data associated with the photos, and from what I can tell I can't find it on Location History or Where's My Droid now. [more inside]
My understanding is that a stolen card or card number has a shelf life of a couple of days at most, before someone gets wise to the theft and cancels the number. The stories I'm reading suggest that these stolen numbers are good for quite a long time. The online stores that sell them even guarantee they're still good! Are the owners of the cards failing to notify the bank after realizing that their cards were used at Target during the period when all the numbers were stolen? Are the banks not scanning their files to find out which cards were used at Target during the period, and taking the initiative in canceling them?
About a month ago, my mom misplaced her government-owned (work) iPhone 5. After a month of searching her home/car/office/relatives/everywhere to no avail, she copped up and told boss. They took the news well and paid for not only her new phone, but also for the loss of her old phone. Being the mischievous son I am, I want to make an attempt to retrieve the phone. [more inside]
Our car was stolen. Police here seem to shrug it off. Is there anything else I should or could be doing, or just take it as a rather abrupt lesson in the transience of possessions? [more inside]
Has there been any development in the market for a LoJack-type tracking and recovery system... for bicycles? [more inside]
Looking for advice on how to recover stolen property if I know the thief's identity but the police won't act. [more inside]
We had our car stolen a couple of weeks ago. The insurance company actually worked pretty quickly and we agreed a settlement amount with them and they have paid out. Now been informed by the Police that the car has been found. It looks like it's in pretty good nick apart from a couple of broken windows. Would we be able to buy the car back from the insurance company? How much if any discount should I expect? Problems in the future? Anyone got any experience of buying their car back from their insurance company?
Lost my MacBook Air with sensitive files on the SSD. How worried should I be? [more inside]
What to do with an abandoned, probably stolen, bike? [more inside]
What generic thank-you gift (between $10-20) can I give to someone working in SF when the only contact information I have is their iPhone number? [more inside]
My Nexus 7 was lost/stolen. I've changed my google, facebook and amazon passwords. Is there anything else I can do? It does not have 3G networking; only wi-fi.
About 30 years ago my dad had a large gun collection (about 100 total). They were stolen and only about 10 of them were ever recovered. He had a list of models and serial numbers that he sent to local law enforcement. I still have that list. is there any chance of recovering more of the guns? How would I go about that?
My iPhone 4 was stolen. The police detectives want the IMEI number. I never backed up the phone or synced it to my computer, so I can't access the IMEI through iTunes. I don't have the original packaging. I do, however, have the phone's serial number. Is there a way to somehow use this number to get the IMEI? [more inside]
How can I get someone to return my stolen stuff they bought on eBay? [more inside]
My iPhone was stolen. I suspended service through Verizon but is there a way to remotely wipe it (now that it has already been stolen)? [more inside]
A hacker redeemed my MoneyPak after viewing the scanned copy on my computer. They cashed it immediately via internet. Can I pursue a claim to obtain details and press charges? [more inside]
How to search for a buyer's cancelled items on eBay? Reasons below. [more inside]
Is it possible to exit the UK using a canceled passport, or use it to get a replacement within 24 hours?
A friend of mine is considering traveling from the UK to Spain using a canceled passport, having lost the replacement passport. Is this impossible, illegal, or might she manage it? [more inside]
iPhone stolen, sad panda. Anything in particular I should keep in mind when I buy the replacement? Pros and cons of buying new rather than used or refurbished? Any smart ways to foil thieves next time around? Thanks.
Someone broke into my car and stole all the seats! What to do now? [more inside]
Looking for some advice on how to deal with repeated thefts and vandalism. [more inside]
Our family's four bikes were stolen ! BOO ! We have renters insurance, Yay? Do you have any tips for navigating a successful renters insurance claim for bicycles? [more inside]
PayPal scam? [more inside]
Stolen iPhone - no remote "wipe everything" software set up, what can I do, if anything, to protect my privacy? [more inside]
I didn't activate mobileme. My iphone was stolen from my bag in a yoga studio change room a few hours ago. Called Rogers to freeze service, called apple, and called police to file report. No one seems to be willing to do anything to track it down. Is there ANY way I can track its whereabouts?
Lost or stolen messenger bag with health insurance cards inside (and maybe other important things). Now what? [more inside]
How can I find my Macbook's serial number without the Macbook? [more inside]
Stolen prescription meds (I assume). Drugstore manager is unconcerned, or he's in on it. What should I do? [more inside]
I'd like to set up a stolen photo equipment database. Ideally it would be searchable by brand, serial number, model, date, etc. What would be the best way to go about this for someone without technical expertise? No programming skills, limited html knowledge. Ideas are very welcome.
How can I recover / get reimbursed for my stolen bicycle? [more inside]
I want to solicit donations with a money raised bar and everything to buy a bike for a good friend who just had her bike stolen. [more inside]
Our truck was stolen from our gated apartment complex. Is the complex at all liable? [more inside]
What kind of protection is there for employees when money goes missing? [more inside]
Stolen iPhone - what, if anything, can I do with the information that I have? [more inside]
How would you play this? I think a camera I bought (and paid for with Paypal) may be stolen. The sellers name does not match the name of the copyright owner (saved in the camera). I have tracked down the person's name in the same city the camera came from... [more inside]
My house was broken into and among other things, I had my iMac stolen, but I was able to get the burglar's IP address... What can I do with this info? [more inside]
Help me figure out the ethics of buying stolen bikes (or other stolen things). [more inside]
What is the probability that the worst will happen? My girlfriend lost her keys. What are the odds that someone will find all the right places to use these keys? [more inside]
Left my phone at the restaurant/bar after dinner, went back and was told they had it but the waitress had misplaced it. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
Is this computer hot? [more inside]
Iphone cached data question: How much of my Mail data is cached on the iphone, and how much is fetched each time i connect to the mail app? My phone was stolen so am very concerned about the data that might be left on it, even though the phone itself has been cancelled. [more inside]
Quick! I right at this fleeting moment have remote access to a stolen laptop of mine that had logmein installed. what files can i copy over from it that might hold any type of identifying information? i can see that the thief uses firefox, so are there firefox logfiles that would track what websites he's visited, even his online email account or something along those lines? any other useful files anyone can think of that can help me track this guy down? [more inside]
What should I do to report a lost or stolen birth certificate of a minor? [more inside]
A friend of mine's indoor/outdoor cat, chipped and registered keeps getting stolen by some crazy girl. Seattle PD says they won't handle an indoor/outdoor cat case. [more inside]
Yet another sad bike story in Chicago. Can you help me find a new wheel or a new bike? [more inside]
My car stereo just got stolen - while my car was in my driveway. Should I report it to my insurance company? [more inside]
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