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I'm a long time fan of this forum, I've never really had a reason to sign up, you guys have always answered every question I've had with the need to ask it.

So, Hello!

Here we go:
Backstory:
I was just woken up from a nap by my girlfriend. (About 6pm June 8th is when this happened.) She had just got off the phone with her sister, who had just come to the shocking realization that her house had been broken into. Nearly every electronic item that was inside, is no longer. This includes a PS3 and 2 laptops, all of which had internet connection. To make matters worse, she had recently scanned and saved multiple personal documents onto her laptop. Her recently wed husband works at Endeavor, a rural internet provider in Indiana. The combination of these facts and multiple articles, ones related to thieves being caught with digital means, leave me with the impression that their is something the digital community can do about this.

I immediately thought of neowin and overclock so here I am.

The police are there now, at the time of writing this. I don't trust they will be able to find them on their own.

What should they do? What is the first step to tracking these items through an IP? Do you need more information? Any constructive thoughts will be appreciated, I do not need any sympathy as this didn't happen to me and I doubt they read this. But yeah... The world is ****ed up sometimes...

HELP!
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The PS3 should be easy to track with Sony's help if it auto logs on with their account details. Call Sony support and get them to help out. The laptops are more tricky unless there is some phone home software on them.

Edit: If they have the ethernet hardware ID, then it's possible to track them, otherwise they're likely to be out of luck without special software installed on the laptops.
Edited by allikat - 6/8/11 at 4:06pm
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If you're referring to the case where a person's iMac was stolen and retrieved, I believe that his case was a rare exception. If I remember correctly, there were a series of coincidental circumstances that played right into his knowledgeable hands that lead to an arrest...a year after it was stolen.

The only thing I remember him having that seemed to help was the serial number of his system.

Hope you find help from more tech-savvy members though~
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i would say that without third party software it would be next to impossible to track.
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Just give the serial numbers to the police so they can put it in the database. Unless you are fortunate enough to have the hi-tech hardware to track it there's nothing much you can do more. You can go visit pawn shops in the surrounding area but to track those devices means they need to subpoena all the networks in your country to provide details if those devices have been used on a network. Then it costs a lot of money in my country they only do it for high priority crimes and we got something like 3 networks. So your best bet will be claim insurance otherwise hope they lifted a set of fingerprints that in the database and a suspect can be identified.
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I'd like to thank everyone for their responses and support. I will be looking into Prey as a future preventative for my own items initially and then passing the information along to family members. We've come to realize the chance of finding any of the items stolen is very slim.

My future sister-in-law and her husband have filed a police report, placed a fraud alert on their bank accounts, contacted social security on the matter, and filed a claim with their insurance agency. I was pleased to find out they have renter's insurance and most of the items stolen will be fully covered with the exception of a $2,000 maximum on fire arms. (He collected hunting rifles and bows, they were stolen as well.)

It feels much less chaotic even just a short time after. All that matters in the end is the safety and well-being of loved ones. My mother had a great line on the matter when I discussed it with her. "We collect so many different things through-out our lives and they bog us down, but in the end you can't take anything with you."

Thanks again.
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Originally Posted by madd-hatter View Post
I'd like to thank everyone for their responses and support. I will be looking into Prey as a future preventative for my own items initially and then passing the information along to family members. We've come to realize the chance of finding any of the items stolen is very slim.

My future sister-in-law and her husband have filed a police report, placed a fraud alert on their bank accounts, contacted social security on the matter, and filed a claim with their insurance agency. I was pleased to find out they have renter's insurance and most of the items stolen will be fully covered with the exception of a $2,000 maximum on fire arms. (He collected hunting rifles and bows, they were stolen as well.)

It feels much less chaotic even just a short time after. All that matters in the end is the safety and well-being of loved ones. My mother had a great line on the matter when I discussed it with her. "We collect so many different things through-out our lives and they bog us down, but in the end you can't take anything with you."

Thanks again.
ok that's another story especially the firearms except the bow its not a firearm.
Dunno how it works in your country but here if your firearm gets stolen a charge gets made for the theft of the firearms and a charge gets laid against the owner of the firearms for negligent loss of a firearm. Now that's not a charge where you get arrested its more of a enquiry where they investigate if you were negligent. Negligent I mean where was the firearms? Was it locked up in a safe? Firearms if its not in your direct possession it must be in the safe. If you put it on the bed go have a quick slosh in the loo and come back and its gone they are going to charge you and the senior state prosecutor will go further with the case and go to court.

But if they found the firearms were in a safe that was bolted to the wall according to regulation or the safe is big which means it don't have to be bolted the state prosecutor will just put a NOLLIE PROSECUTE on the docket which means its going to be closed they could find no evidence of negligence. So if they were in a trophy cabinet or a other place other than a safe do not make a statement saying so. I don't want you to be dishonest or something but sometimes a little white lie is necessary. Say they were in a safe rip the safe of the wall or grind it open.
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I don't know where you are from, but that is totally not the case here in United States. Wish I could help with your problem, but at least you know to protect your stuff.
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well you could always look in your network switch/router and pull the mac address out of the arp tables that gives you something to compare with.
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well you could always look in your network switch/router and pull the mac address out of the arp tables that gives you something to compare with.
that will work if it doesn't get erased from memory.
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