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'Witness' Security Program Lets You Watch as Thieves Steal Your Mac

These days, would-be thieves steal gadgets at their own risk. While yesteryear's TVs and stereos resulted in big money, today's laptops and smartphones -- what with their GPS tracking and Web connectivity -- typically result in quick arrests. And, thanks to a new program called Witness (which turns your Mac into an Internet-connected security camera), you can watch somebody stealing the co...

Tech-Savvy Victim Tracks Laptop Thief, Has Lulz at His Expense

Here's a bit of advice for would-be gadget thieves: don't steal other people's stuff. But if you do have the compulsion to take what isn't yours, do the world a favor, and make sure you steal from people who are incredibly tech-savvy, like Mark Bao. The 18-year-old entrepreneur and student at Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts had his MacBook Air stolen roughly two months ago. Last week,...

Hacked and Hijacked! How to Save Data if Your Portable Device Is Stolen

Symptom: You reach into your pocket or bag, and, well, it's empty! Diagnosis: Beyond the understandable distress of losing a pricey smartphone, laptop or tablet PC, the real trauma is the sudden and unfettered access afforded to the slippery-fingered jerk who took it. The cost of a new laptop is meager compared to the personal and even financial havoc that a motivated thief can wreak wit...

Google Earth Helps Thieves Steal Lead from British Churches

Remember Tom Berge, the English builder who used Google Earth to steal lead tiles from the roofs of nearby buildings? Well, it turns out there are plenty more metal scavengers just like him -- and they're making life especially difficult for Britain's churches. According to Tony Baldry, estate commissioner for the Church of England, roughly 8,000 churches have made insurance claims for lead the...

Google Street View May Have Caught a Thief in Action

Google's Street View cameras have caught plenty of embarrassing images in the past, but one family thinks the service may have just identified the man who stole their camper. As Jalopnik explains, 11-year-old Reuben Soames first discovered the suspect while looking up his family's home in Derbyshire, England on Google Maps. The site's Street View images of the Soames' front yard showed their o...

Forehead Tattoo Helps Florida Police Identify iPhone Thief

Joseph Eric Williams knows who he is, and he clearly wants everyone else to know who he is, too. Why else would he have the phrase 'I'm Me' tattooed across his forehead? Unfortunately for him, though, that tattoo also helped police identify him as a suspected iPhone thief. According to police in Broward, Florida, 19-year-old Williams is believed to have stolen iPhones from as many as 15 AT&...

'Where's Waldo' Bank Robber Admits Guilt on Facebook

Police in Oregon think they've found a bank robbery suspect known as the 'Where's Waldo Bandit,' although the man they've targeted certainly wasn't as subtle as his namesake. Law enforcement officials are now on the lookout for 29-year-old Ryan Homsley, who is suspected of robbing and threatening to blow up a local bank on Tuesday afternoon. As the AP reports, police identified Homsley as a su...

APB! Suspected Laptop Thief Provided Handy Mugshot by iChatting With Victim's Friend

As most of the Switched team lives, eats and ultimately passes out on top of their precious laptops, we have no sympathy for criminals who would want to carry off our little babies. Especially not the guy pictured above, who allegedly swiped four laptops from an East Hampton, Long Island home, and was either brazen or stupid enough to sign on and webcam-chat with one of the victim's friends. (Alt...

After 8 Years, eBay Vigilance Reunites Man and His Missing Guitar

Stolen items routinely appear on online auction sites, and, occasionally, watchful victims will even discover their own missing goods. One burglary victim recently discovered the benefits of such eBay vigilance, although eight years had elapsed since his belongings were actually taken. When Minnesotan Doug Duncan's house was originally burgled, a 1957 Gibson Les Paul Special guitar was among the ...

Thief Nabbed After Swiping iPhone Used for GPS Testing

A useful tip to all would-be iPhone thieves: when stealing said iPhone, it's a good idea to make sure it's not running a real-time GPS tracking program. Unfortunately for Horatio Toure, he had to learn this life lesson the hard way. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, the 31-year-old Toure recently stole an iPhone from a seemingly ordinary woman, Jordan Sturm, whom he stealthily targeted wh...

Spiderman, The Flash and Two Jedi Stop an Aussie Thief. Seriously.

As journalists, it isn't often that we get to report on something so heartwarming and funny-bone tickling as a good deed done perfectly. Instead, we write about horrid celebrity gaffes or new products that you must have, but today... today, readers, we have a treat. This past weekend, comic book stores globally participated in Free Comic Book Day, where, like the name implies, if you visit a s...

'Mission Impossible'-Style Best Buy Thieves Swipe Laptops, Baffle Cops

Share There's a very good reason that 'Mission Impossible' is a movie: it's impossible. The "Don't Try This At Home" disclaimer pretty much goes without saying for virtually anything involving Tom Cruise, and certainly for the kinds of Hollywood stunts featured in the 'M.I.' franchise. To a group of burglars in New Jersey, however, the film was much less fiction, and much more how-to manual....

Wi-Fi 'Finders' Helping Thieves Locate and Steal Laptops

We don't recommend leaving your laptop in the car for any reason, but, if you must, make sure you turn off the Wi-Fi signal first. According to Network World, thieves are using devices meant to locate Wi-Fi networks to detect laptops and steal them. Apparently, just closing the screen won't prevent your laptop from being detected, either. Wi- Fi disconnection must be done manually, as it can ta...

Locker Room Thief Snatches Cell Phone, Texts 500 Times in One Day

Share If you're going to send a ridiculous number of text messages, you had better make sure of two things: first, get an unlimited plan, and second, make sure you're sending them from your own cell phone. Failing to do either will certainly get you in a heap of trouble. Case in point, according to an Associated Press report on Huffington Post, an Iowa City man swiped a cell phone Friday from a...

U.K. Cops' Unmanned Aircraft Nabs Teenage Car Thief

Thanks to a new fleet of unmanned aircraft, British fugitives must now look above their heads instead of just over their shoulders. According to Engadget, the U.K. Home Office is rolling out a fleet of unmanned security drones, and this new task force has nabbed its first criminal. Merseyside police, who've been learning the ropes of piloting drones for about six months now, recently used thermal...