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    Lock up your Macs

    Yesterday we had 2 guys break into our shiny new building and steal 19 iMacs. in and out 6 mins (although they had been probing the various gates and waiting for the all clear for over 30 minutes).

    after discussing with 1 of our suppliers of apple kit apparently there is a Gang actively targeting schools with apple kit and travelling around the East Midlands area.

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    I've heard this too. Had a message a couple of weeks ago from a school in Lincs saying in the previous week there'd been three targeted break-ins in the county where all they took were Macs. None of the keyboards or mice, just the machines, leading to the assumption that they know what they're after and not just palming them off quickly in pub car parks...

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    And people were saying Mac's were more secure

    Sorry to hear about your loss of equipment anyhow, hopefully your insurance will be kind enough to provide you will all new shiney to take its place.

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    OOhh ... nasty. Don't forget to circulate all the serial numbers with Apple and ASEs, just in case anyone takes a machine in to be repaired. Even if it has been sold on it is your property and you can get it back, as well as getting more evidence for the police to help catch the blighters!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    ....for the police to help catch the blighters!
    The police actually do this still? :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    OOhh ... nasty. Don't forget to circulate all the serial numbers with Apple and ASEs, just in case anyone takes a machine in to be repaired. Even if it has been sold on it is your property and you can get it back, as well as getting more evidence for the police to help catch the blighters!
    Erm Apple say they dont have a way to track and keep no stolen device registry according to a lot of posts but the UK may have something US dont:
    Although Apple does not have a process to track or flag lost or stolen product
    Reporting a lost or stolen Apple product
    Or is their information incorrect?

    Mobiles are separately handled by the mobile networks and not the hardware providers as they use a IMEI registry of banned IMEI serials.
    Last edited by ZeroHour; 3rd October 2011 at 11:50 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook View Post
    OOhh ... nasty. Don't forget to circulate all the serial numbers with Apple and ASEs, just in case anyone takes a machine in to be repaired. Even if it has been sold on it is your property and you can get it back, as well as getting more evidence for the police to help catch the blighters!
    yeah 1st thing I did

    the biggest thing that annoys me.... we are so bloody busy with a man down (and a massive backlog due to being off ill for a week too) 1 more job to do!
    and opening week all this week, grrrrr.

    the funniest thing they came prepared by picking a small car (VW Lupo) im guessing so they could get closer to the building by passing bollards etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
    Erm Apple say they dont have a way to track and keep no stolen device registry according to a lot of posts but the UK may have something US dont:

    Reporting a lost or stolen Apple product
    Or is their information incorrect?

    Mobiles are separately handled by the mobile networks and not the hardware providers as they use a IMEI registry of banned IMEI serials.
    I've also read the same thing, but heard different stories in the actual supply chain of recovered macs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeroHour View Post
    Erm Apple say they dont have a way to track and keep no stolen device registry according to a lot of posts but the UK may have something US dont:

    Reporting a lost or stolen Apple product
    Or is their information incorrect?

    Mobiles are separately handled by the mobile networks and not the hardware providers as they use a IMEI registry of banned IMEI serials.
    They have been saying that for years (not our problem, contact the police!), but been able to use Apple, ASEs and Apple repair firms to help recover a number of stolen machines and ensure one conviction.

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    I use a bit of free, open source software called Prey as an anti-theft solution for my Mac. Maybe it will provide you with a little extra security?
    Last edited by hsimpson; 10th October 2011 at 06:42 PM.

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    Yeah, I've bunged Prey on ours as well just in case.

    http://preyproject.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_guy View Post
    Yeah, I've bunged Prey on ours as well just in case.

    Open source anti-theft solution for Mac, PCs & Phones – Prey
    what looks like one of the best bits of software I've seen for a long time, thanks for sharing the link

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenwba View Post
    what looks like one of the best bits of software I've seen for a long time, thanks for sharing the link
    Sorry I didn't put a link in my first post, I'm a newbie to this forum and hadn't created enough posts to allow me to include a link glad you like the software though, pleased I made the recommendation

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevenwba View Post
    what looks like one of the best bits of software I've seen for a long time, thanks for sharing the link
    Agreed, that looks really good. Think I'll be installing that on all my devices

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    Just seen this and I have to also agree, it does look pretty nifty.

    Although tried to sign up a few hours ago and haven't received the email to "verify" yet? Tried 2 different email addresses so far

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