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jjjoooggg
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December 25th, 2020 at 11:58:05 PM permalink
I lost my Apple watch a month ago. It has cell service. I put it in lost mode. Tonight, "find my iphone" located the watch.

Should I call the cops? Would they invest energy into this case?
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December 26th, 2020 at 7:09:06 AM permalink
Is it close to where you live? I would knock on the door and politely ask for it back and offer a reward. Since you use the word "lost," I assume it wasn't stolen. I wouldn't bother the police until there is a crime or other serious matter.
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December 26th, 2020 at 7:46:58 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

Is it close to where you live? I would knock on the door and politely ask for it back and offer a reward. Since you use the word "lost," I assume it wasn't stolen. I wouldn't bother the police until there is a crime or other serious matter.



Stolen. Another state
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December 26th, 2020 at 8:10:09 AM permalink
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Stolen. Another state



Can you disable it remotely like an iphone?
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December 26th, 2020 at 8:24:29 AM permalink
Yes. I could erase remotely which will disable locator. It is locked with 4 digit code. Ive been monitoring its location till the battery died at midnight.

Theres more to the story. I may tell later since it has gambling involved. Kinda embarrassing. I was traveling cashing my chips before another possible Covid shutdown.
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December 26th, 2020 at 8:43:25 PM permalink
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December 26th, 2020 at 8:48:37 PM permalink
Can you send nasty text messages to the watch to let them know you're watching them?
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December 26th, 2020 at 8:52:21 PM permalink
I could. But I dont think that they know that it has a cell connection. It doesn't show on watch that it is in lost mode. They don't realize that I located the watch. When they noticed it is pin locked, they let the battery die and left uncharged. I'm wondering if they will figure out how to reset and inadvertently turn on the locator.

I called the police. Apparently, one scenario is to be near the location and call a cop to escort me to the house to ask for the watch. But I'm thinking what if they refuse. We don't have a warrant. How about make a report, get a warrant and search the house to find the backpack.
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December 26th, 2020 at 9:21:35 PM permalink
I thought the police were not doing this sort of thing as the "where's my device" feature was not considered strong enough evidence. That was a few years ago, so things may have changed.

And you're right if they say they don't have it, nothing you can do without a search warrant.
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December 26th, 2020 at 10:03:20 PM permalink
In the past that was the case. But now that vigilantes are showing up on peoples doorsteps and getting beaten. Police sometimes handle it. I recall a house that was raided in town for a laptop that went online. My employees were upset because they thought it was overkill.

Also, there was a considerable amount of valuables in the backpack. Embarrassing. A famous psychologist said that the subconscious mind sees everything. Soo, my subconscious let me to lose my backpack???

I've thought about the fact that its not enough to affect my life. I am considering bricking the watch.

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/us/when-hitting-find-my-iphone-takes-you-to-a-thiefs-doorstep.html
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December 27th, 2020 at 12:41:15 AM permalink
Quote: jjjoooggg

I lost my Apple watch a month ago. It has cell service. I put it in lost mode. Tonight, "find my iphone" located the watch.

Should I call the cops? Would they invest energy into this case?



Something similar happened to us. My GF had her old iPhone stolen and one day all her accounts were messed up. Anyways we called the police and the basically told us to stop wasting their time
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December 27th, 2020 at 6:32:06 AM permalink
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Stolen. Another state



That is a horse of another color. Since it was stolen, I would report the situation to the police by mail or their web site. If it was the LVPD, I don't think they would do anything. Probably make you come in and file a report in person, just to deter you from bothering them.
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December 27th, 2020 at 9:54:41 AM permalink
i would use it as a data stream to sell their movements and browsing history - pretty sure its what john mcaffee did to his political opponents he jut gave out the laptops that had the backdoors in them so he could spy on them.
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December 27th, 2020 at 10:13:02 AM permalink
10 years, a local detective told me over the phone that there are 27k cases/year.

I've been in my local detectives' office. I think there is maybe 10 detectives.
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December 27th, 2020 at 12:37:24 PM permalink
I would probably just make an insurance claim through your cell provider and get a new watch (probably safest for all parties).

If the watch is several states away from you, it is unlikely that you will get it back by the police. If you lived locally I know police will often accompany you to the house where it is at for you to "confront" the potential thief. But, I have never heard of a local police department that would go without you (could be wrong).

If you feel like making a trip to the city where it is and setting up something with the local police you could probably get it back (but it would probably cost more time and money than it is worth)....
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December 27th, 2020 at 4:05:49 PM permalink
I would like to think that I would go in vigilante mode and case the house. Maybe start making things of theirs disappear.
At my age, a "Life In Prison" sentence is not much of a deterrent.
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