55094 Views 7 Replies Latest reply: Oct 23, 2007 1:50 PM by clintbradford
I am very sorry to hear about the loss of your MBP. Hopefully your auto-insurance can help you with replacing it?
If you have an iTunes account tied to a credit card or Paypal for purchases you may want to contact Apple and have them de-authorize all computers on your account.
Do you have a hard copy of your serial number? If so you may want to provide this to the Police. Pawn shops are required by law to report serial numbers to the police to be cross checked against theft. Of course this doesn't do much good if they keep it themselves or sell it privately, but you never know. Some thieves are dumber than others.
Reporting it to Apple helps as mentioned above. If it is brought in for repair after being reported the records for the serial number will indicate it has been stolen.
Check eBay listings for sales of MBP's in your area as well. You might get lucky and have it show up if someone is looking to sell it. You can narrow your eBay search down to X amount of miles from your zip code.
It is most important you report it to the authorities as stolen. Inform them the serial number is in the battery bay and what that serial number is. Apple basically states that in their knowledgebase article about stolen machines:
In the future consider Lapcop or Lojack for your notebook. As well as a Kensington lock around an immobile part of the house (a desk is not immobile).
And always keep your data backed up*.
- * Links to my pages may give me compensation.
Message was edited by: a brody
Hi - my macbook pro was just stolen yesterday. Reported it to the police and provided the serial number. Now I am trying to follow the advice on this thread and contact Apple to flag my computer as stolen property.
My local retail person said they have no way to do this, and gave me the Apple Care 800 number. I am currently on hold.
Has anyone successfully gotten Apple to make a record of the theft? If so, is there some trick or procedure to it? Thanks!!