Police departments have reported a recent surge in iPhone thefts in many states including New York, Washington, St. Louis, Los Angeles and Chicago. The New York Police Department said a rise in stolen Apple products -- nearly 4,000 more than the previous year. New York police officers have started working with Apple in cope with theft of iPhones and iPads.
Police spokesman Paul Browne told media that 74 percent of all stolen Apple devices are found within the city limits and that one iPad stolen in New York was tracked to the Dominican Republic with Apple's Find My iPhone app.
Later this year, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon and Sprint -- plan to share a database of stolen phones, hoping to dry up the black market for the devices. Thieves have avoided detection from wireless carriers by swapping out SIM cards of stolen phones. But the new stolen phone database will track the serial number of each stolen device, making them inoperable in the United States.
How to Use Find My iPhone App to Locate Lost iPhone
Is it cool to track your iPhone when it is stolen or lost? The app Find My iPhone enables iPhone owners to locate their phone on a map, display a message on its screen, remotely set a passcode lock and delete data from the phone. Here's how to enable Find My iPhone.
Note: If you just need to use important iPhone data, for instance, making an urgent business call, you could use "Recovery Data from iTunes Backup File" recovery mode on iPhone Data Recovery, a professional iPhone data recovery software tool. This tool will extract contacts, photos, etc. from iPhone backup. Make sure you have backed up or synced iPhone with iTunes before you do the recovery.
1. Set up Find My iPhone on your device prior to it getting lost or stolen. If you did, go to https://www.icloud.com/ in your web browser (there's also a Find My iPhone app that you can install on another iOS device to track it. These instructions are for using the web-based tool). Log in using the account you used when setting up Find My iPhone.
2. As soon as you log in, Find My iPhone will begin to locate your device. You'll see onscreen messages as it works. If the device is turned off, the map will display its last known location, not necessarily its current location. When it's turned back on, the map will update.
If it finds your device, it will zoom in on the map and show the location of the device using a blue dot. You can zoom in or out of the map, and view it in map, satellite, and hybrid modes, like any Google Map.
3. When your device is found, a window will pop up over the blue dot (if it disappears because you clicked elsewhere on the page, just click the blue dot again to get it back). Click the window and you'll see various options.
The first option is to send a message to the device or have it play a sound. You can send a message--for instance, letting someone know how to return the device to you--that will appear onscreen like a text message. When you can't find your iPhone in your house, sending a sound may be a good choice.
4. You can also click the "lock" button. This will allow you to remotely lock the device's screen and set a passcode (even if you hadn't previously used a passcode) to protect personal data. To do this, click the "lock" button, enter the 4-digit new lock code twice, and then click "lock" again. Your device will now be inaccessible to the thief unless they guess your code.
5. Moreover, you can also remotely delete all data on iPhone. Click "wipe" and you'll see a warning (basically, don't do this unless you're absolutely sure you want to). Click the confirmation box and click the "Erase All Data" button. And all your data will be deleted.
6. If you think your device is on the move, click the curved arrow at the top right corner of the screen to refresh and get a new fix on your device's location.
If you're lucky enough to get your stolen or lost iPhone back, maybe you've lost some important data on iPhone. Still there's another app called iPhone Data Recovery to help you recover all deleted or lost files from iPhone. The recovery mode "Recover Data from iOS Devices" allows us to recover iPhone files directly from iPhone itself.
More Tips to Find Lost iPhone
If your service is provided by AT&T and you know your iPhone has been stolen, report it immediately by calling 1-800-331-0500 and have the service deactivated. If your phone is misplaced, it's always a good idea to suspend your wireless service to protect against unauthorized usage. AT&T system will then indicate that your phone is lost or stolen. You will still be charged your monthly recurring fee while service is voluntarily suspended.