Looks like Find my Friends has helped fight crime once again. The Victoria Police note a recent incident where a Canadian woman’s brother (@shuether) used Find my Friends to locate her stolen iPad in Victoria. When the VicPD followed up on the case, the located iPad turned up at a location where a group of thieves had been operating, in Esquimalt.
The woman activated a software application on her stolen iPad that would allow her to track its whereabouts via GPS. The track led her and a friend to an apartment building in the 600-block of Admirals Road. At that time VicPD officers were called. The accuracy of the GPS led officers to suspect a specific suite of people well-known to police.
Armed with a search warrant officers attended the suite and arrested four individuals. The location was full of other suspected stolen goods in which Sgt. Barrie Cockle describes:
“This suite was a virtual department store of stolen property…The work by this tourist and our officers will put a significant dent in property crimes throughout the CRD.”
It’s a hit or miss whether Find my iPhone remains activated by thieves. Maybe hide it in a folder somewhere?
I’d like to see an option where the setting would be passcode protected to toggle the feature on or off. Okay, there is an option to protect Find my iPhone in Parental Restrictions (thanks @amatecha) What about you?
Update: Looks like @shuether was the one who found the iPad, which belonged to his sister. The thieves disabled Find my iPhone but did not delete Find my Friends. Also, his sister is Canadian. Great story!
Thanks for the tip @VicExplorer!
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