tracking a stolen laptop

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jfanno
Stolen Laptop: Need help myself too

I had my laptop stolen as well, and they have logged onto my AIM since day 1 of the robbery (which was last July!) Is there any way to track them if they do not respond to any IMs sent to them? And I do not have any tracking software installed either :o( I appreciate any help!

PatO7
Re: Stolen Laptop: Need help myself too

 

Maybe one day they will pawn it at a pawn/loan shop, but since they have had it since last july it doesn't sound like they are in need of making money off of it.

But, you should go ahead and make a police report and report it to pawn shops just in case.  And check with local used computer stores. Even though they may still have your computer--one day they may try to sell it. (hopefully you have your seriel number--you can obtain it by having the receipt or  contacting where you bought it). Also notify the manuafacturer since the thief may get it repaired.

I wonder if there is a way to place a tracker into an IM? 

I did some additional reading about stolen laptops today, but didn't really come up with anything new. I did read something about tracing it back to the mac address unless the theif has replaced the network card. The mac address won't be visible if they are behind a firewall or router. But the details were sketchy and not detailed. There are lots of articles on the web about missing laptops. And maybe someone else here has some ideas. Good luck.

 

Anonymous Visitor
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i had my laptop stolen by my neighbors who broke into my house. she waited until her brother(one of my friends) moved away to take it out and start using it,before that she was a "24/7" mother who didnnt have time to use laptops..(thats what she told me anyways). shes using it right now. i want to know how to prove it. i have no tracking device loaded on it because i live in the middle of nowhere not expecting my neighbours to break in at 6:30 in the morning. oh and another thing, the place my neighbors live in is my boyfriends parents place their renting to them. can't do anything about getting in there to find out either....crackhead neighbors.

hubby
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Find your receipt/invoice for the laptop which should have the serial number on it.. File a report with the police -have them match the serial number on it.

If you havent done anything in advance of it being stolen such as putting on tracking-software, it's too late for that.

Anonymous Visitor
Re: tracking a stolen laptop
There is NO WAY TO RECOVER a stolen laptop
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I am not the most savvy person when it comes to computers and the sorts so I need some input on a problem........ my baboon of and ex husband, whom has never done anything honestly bought our daughter a lap top for her high school graduation gift. Now I know this thing is hot and i am concerned if she starts using it and it's tracked could she be held responsible?

hubby
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.. possession of stolen property is still a crime in most states.

Anonymous Visitor
tracking a stolen laptop
hi dude is there anyway i can locate my laptop remotely using serial number, mac address or using windows remote assistance or remote desktop software im desperatein here..lost compaq cq42 bought on feb this year sorry if my question is stupid
hubby
Re: tracking a stolen laptop

Not as far as I know, unless you installed some sort of tracking system on it before it went missing..

Anonymous Visitor
Re: tracking a stolen laptop
you r a dumbass

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