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Lost iPhone – found it using Find My iPhone… police won’t help me retrieve it

By fixie - 8 November 2011 39

Hey Rioters,

I thought I’d submit my story about my lost phone… I lost it on Saturday night (possibly in a cab). I didn’t realise til I got home so started up the ‘Find My iPhone’ to see where I left it. Unfortunately it was turned off and couldn’t be tracked. I sent a nice message to the phone asking who ever had it to call me if it was ever turned back on.

Well, it looks like today the phone was turned on but alas no call from who ever is in possession of it.

Find my iPhone shows the location to be on Duffy Street in Ainslie… or very close.

So I ask you Rioters, without police help, what do you suggest I do? I’m considering going around and asking for it like the police said.

cheers,

Trev

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39 Responses to
Lost iPhone – found it using Find My iPhone… police won’t help me retrieve it
creative_canberran 2:55 pm 08 Nov 11

Use Find My iPhone to send a message to the phone stating you have traced it’s location and the person in possession of it is to submit it to Police or the lost and found of the Canberra Centre within 24hrs, texting you to inform you which they’ve chosen. If that is not done, authorities will be informed.

Dagget66 2:52 pm 08 Nov 11

I had a call from Sgt soandso, from ACT policing last night, claiming we had somebody’s lost iPhone at our house in Kambah.
After I reassured him that no , we dont have a rogue iPhone in the house, we had a conversation about the possibility that the phone could in fact be a random distance from where “Find my iPhone” pointed the owner to.
My Galaxy is currently telling me I’m at least 200 metre’s from where I actually am …

Might be wise to think about things before going knocking on doors …

I-filed 2:29 pm 08 Nov 11

Tooks said :

Even if you were to knock on every door in the street, it’s not like the person in possession of your phone is suddenly going to be honest and hand it back.

And it’s one of the longest streets in Canberra … : (

Henry82 2:23 pm 08 Nov 11

“Hi there, my iphone is in your house, it has a GPS tracker, can you please return it so i won’t have to call police. If you give it to me now, we will never speak of this again”

just hope they don’t read the riot act.

Tooks 2:12 pm 08 Nov 11

Even if you were to knock on every door in the street, it’s not like the person in possession of your phone is suddenly going to be honest and hand it back.

I-filed 2:08 pm 08 Nov 11

Near Duffy Street? That’d be Ainslie Village. Good luck!

Grail 2:07 pm 08 Nov 11

Oh, and there’s obviously the idea of heading over to the neighbourhood where your phone was last seen and knocking on doors.

If you’re not going to do that, I’d suggest you cut your losses and proceed with the lock & wipe, cancel SIM, etc.

Grail 1:54 pm 08 Nov 11

“Find my iPhone” is designed to help you find devices that have been misplaced, not stolen. You have the address (or something near enough), so you could choose to go over there and ask for your iPhone back.

Alternately, call Apple for any advice they might have specific to recovering iPhones, then remotely lock & wipe the phone, notify your carrier that the phone has been stolen, and see if there is any way your carrier can help you get a new phone before you leave.

Deref 1:53 pm 08 Nov 11

Sackcloth and ashes for a year for the loss of your jesusphone.

KB1971 1:53 pm 08 Nov 11

Send in the Ninjas!

fixie 1:44 pm 08 Nov 11

DUB said :

No password protection on the phone? And no insurance?
Good luck getting your phone back.

insured and password locked… would have been handy to take that phone with me when I leave the country on Sunday and not worry about getting a new one. The strange thing is I can’t see how valuable it would be given it’s got a cracked screen.

orangegirl said :

Why won’t the police help? I find that really strange.

the won’t help because supposedly they need more information than an address gleaned through a GPS trace. Supposedly they’ve had bad press investigating people where no phone turns up (or in the case they told me – the phone was in the complainant’s car still, and he had accused his neighbour).

nice_enough 1:42 pm 08 Nov 11

You can send the phone messages using “find my iphone” so send them a message saying please return my phone for a small reward. if not you can remotely wipe the phone using that service too.

Or just get some of your biggest friends together and go to the house on Duffy Street and demand it back.

I’ve heard reports of police in the US using “Find my iPhone” to track down stolen cars etc.

As anyone here who has had something stolen knows, police in Canberra have little to no interest in finding your stolen items.

orangegirl 1:35 pm 08 Nov 11

Why won’t the police help? I find that really strange.

DUB 1:17 pm 08 Nov 11

No password protection on the phone? And no insurance?
Good luck getting your phone back.

fixie 1:13 pm 08 Nov 11

update – looks like it’s been turned back off… I suspect whoever has it is not going to return it or atleast attempt to contact me for its return. Oh well.

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