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Cape Town man tracks down stolen iPad

2012-06-29 20:10

Cape Town - A Cape Town man tracked down his iPad an hour after it was stolen in a smash-and-grab, it was reported on Friday.

Roy Henderson told the Cape Times the tablet computer was taken by two youths on Nelson Mandela Boulevard when he stopped his car to answer his cellphone on Thursday.

Afterwards, Henderson phoned a friend, who accessed his internet account and tracked the iPad to a nearby flat using the special tablet-tracking system he had activated.

They retrieved the tablet at the flat, but the thieves were nowhere to be found. They suspected the thieves were scared off by messages blaring from the device.

Comments
  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-06-29 21:39

    There's an application for android called Avast Antivirus that does the same with it's antitheft feature, and it's free!! You can control your lost phone via SMS from a different phoned, from an alarm going off that screams 'this phone is stolen ', to diverting all calls and Andean the new user receive to a number you choose.best part is that it gets hidden on your phone and prevents people deleting it. Tell others about it, it may save you or your friends a few thousands. Available at the android store online

      Stufl3r - 2012-07-02 14:26

      The iPad has this built in as a standard feature allowing you to see the building it is located in, like literally see a picture of the iPad, thats how I found the device

  • Pixie86 - 2012-06-29 22:02

    nothing unique here. Smartphones have the tracking feature exactly for this reason. It's not newsworthy.

      fduples - 2012-06-29 22:45

      It is surprising how many owners and thieves have never heard of this feature. That makes this newsworthy.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-06-29 22:02

    nothing unique here. Smartphones have the tracking feature exactly for this reason. It's not newsworthy.

  • Pixie86 - 2012-06-29 22:03

    nothing unique here. Smartphones have the tracking feature exactly for this reason. It's not newsworthy.

      Tankiso Mogoje - 2012-06-30 21:26

      Any positive news is newsworthy my friend,especially when it comes to combating crime.

  • Dewald Van Niekerk - 2012-06-30 08:58

    Join the club. We caught a guy some months ago using iCloud after stealing my iPad from my office. See the Beeld for the article.

  • davorin.dobrovic - 2012-06-30 11:07

    With GPS, network and WiFi tracking enabled on all new iphones, ipads and macs you are able to track down your device even if it's given a hard reset. That's why I'm getting an iphone.

  • koketso.senabe - 2012-06-30 13:01

    Seems no one in WC has any faith in SAPS. First mob justice now this iPad bounty hunter.

  • harold.chisimba - 2012-06-30 13:52

    ASK HIM HE INITIALY PRAYED 2 ALMITY GOD SO DAT IPAD MUST BE FOUND.INDEED GOD NEVER FAILS .ATHEISTS UR BALLS ARE TO EXPLODE. CHECK DEM OUT!

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-07-01 15:08

      You sound mentally disturbed!

  • khumzaz - 2013-12-25 03:13

    I tracked down my stolen iPad in December 2012 already and arrests were made. iPad was stolen with other goods in my car and I used my iPhone to follow the trail of the iPad from Sandton to Centurion. It's just that people never take advantage of safety features on their smartphones hence the reason so many are unaware it's that easy!

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