Week 1: When an iPhone is stolen

My son had a brand new iPhone 6. Well, today, in school it got stolen. Stolen not lost. It was in the locker and when my son came back it was no longer there. We immediately marked it as lost (see how to do that here) and we tracked it down using the “Find My Phone” app (see how to do that here).

I can’t tell if the kid that stole the iPhone is just stupid or doesn’t care or knows that we can’t do anything to him. But tracking the phone we followed the phone to the house of the kid. The tracing is fairly good so it was pin-pointing the phone location to a condo with only few apartments. And we cross-reference the list of kids in school and there is only one student the lives in that condo.

But what can one do from that point?

We went to the local police station and filed a complaint. The officer was very polite but said he can’t really do anything. “Find my Phone” is not a legal evidence and unless he catches the kid red-handed with the phone he can’t do anything.

Trying to confront the kid’s parents was also not successful.

We contacted the school staff via email but since they all left for the weekend there is no response at least so far.

With all of that effort there is really nothing we can do…

The next step is to remote-wipe the phone (see how to do that here) but when this is done the “Find My Phone” app is disconnected and the phone is lost forever. So we have not done it yet.


Author: dave

Consider myself kid in soul and naive by choice. I am interested in people, technology and business and thrive when they all work together. My favorite quote and motto is that “You can fool some people some times but you cant fool all the people all the time” ― Bob Marley

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