What Our Phones Can Reveal About Us: Lost, Stolen, And Found Phones

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  1. April Henry
    April Henry says:

    We used Find My iPhone app to get my daughter’s stolen phone back. First it was at an apartment – and it’s not granular enough to show which of 42 units it was in. That night it was in front of a big building with yellow cars in front (via satellite view), which we figured out was a cab company. The next day, back at the apartment building – and people who lived there pointed out where the cab drive lived.

  2. Brenda
    Brenda says:

    See also www dot nocrimeline dot com sometime for how easily and often they are stolen. Reading about New Orleans (in the Quarter of all places) these days made me wonder whether to ever get a cell phone. Thanks always for your great & important tips, Lee.

    If only 50% of the people try to return lost ones, we have a very sick and dying society IMHO.


  3. Marilynne
    Marilynne says:

    Thanks Lee. I am apparently one of a small group of people who use their cell phones only for emergencies. That means I’m vulnerable to theft.

  4. Terry Odell
    Terry Odell says:

    The only consolation is that the GPS in my car set to ‘home’ doesn’t actually lead anyone to my house. Even with the address and a GPS, the base maps will take them elsewhere. A “perk” of living in the boonies, I suppose.

    But excellent advice all around.


  5. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Same thing for GPS systems in your cars. DO NOT set your “home” as your actual home address. Why not? Well, if you enter your actual home as the address in your navigation system and someone steals your car, well, they could simply drive straight to your house to grab a few more of your things, including you!

    And chances are you have a garage remote that’ll give them easy access to the inside of your home. Of course, they’ll already have the keys.

  6. SZ
    SZ says:

    So far have not lost a phone fortunately, however had mail stolen and id theft. 25k in 2-3 days and all the cards were sent to my home and had my cell phone number on it.
    If any of those creditors had just verified in advance by calling the fraud would not have happened. We are designed for id theft until banks start taking more then mere moments to hand out credit.

  7. Lynda
    Lynda says:

    With advancing technology comes a frightening set of risks. I didn’t realize I needed to lock my screen, but I certainly will. Thanks for the heads-up, Lee.

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