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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.comments powered by Disqus