My iPad Stolen At The Hospital

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    Mar 24, 2013 1:46 AM GMT
    On top of everything else with my husband's heart bypass surgery, my 4th gen iPad was stolen from my car in the hospital parking garage, in a handicapped space no less.

    I had just gotten to his ICU room when I realized I didn't have the iPad with me. But I decided to do without it and just spend time with him since he was unusually alert today. A few hours later he asked me to get some SMART Ride palm cards from the car trunk (he's trying to sign-up riders from the ICU staff - he never stops!), so I went out to the garage, figuring I'd get my iPad as well.

    No iPad. I didn't check if the door was locked, since I unlocked it remotely as I approached the car. There wasn't an obvious break-in, but I can't be sure it was locked when I left it. I thought I'd locked it remotely as I left, but I've been so tired and frazzled I can't be sure I didn't forget to lock it, or maybe pressed the wrong fob button.

    So a $600+ 64G iPad is gone, along with a lot of stuff in the shoulder bag, including my checkbook. I've cancelled that. But the iPad is wide open with lots of personal data on it. I've send a lost command, but that only works if the thief goes on WiFi with it. It's a WiFi-only model, not cellular.

    So far no report has been sent that it's gone online. It was shut off completely, not sleeping, so I can't locate it, either. But a thief can mine it for data with it offline, and if they're smart they won't try to go online with it.

    As if my husband needing unexpected open heart surgery wasn't bad enough, and now this. Even with his insurance plan we're gonna be having thousands in co-pays, I won't have enough to buy another iPad. As my late Mother used to say: "When it rains it pours." icon_sad.gif
  • AMoonHawk

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    Mar 24, 2013 1:50 AM GMT
    That sucks ... sorry you had some one rip you off ... Make sure report it to the police ... they might catch whoever ripped you off via the checks .. maybe your car insurance will cover some of the loss.
  • MikeW

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    Mar 24, 2013 1:54 AM GMT
    Well that sucks. Sorry Bob. icon_sad.gif You don't need more stress.
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    Mar 24, 2013 2:00 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk saidThat sucks ... sorry you had some one rip you off ... Make sure report it to the police ... they might catch whoever ripped you off via the checks .. maybe your car insurance will cover some of the loss.

    I tried to report it. But when I went back to his room with the cards he wanted, he said I looked unwell (he didn't know the reason), and I should go home for a while, come back later.

    I agreed, because now I wondered if I had left the iPad at home. I've been very frazzled this week with everything going on, can't remember what I'm doing.

    But the iPad wasn't back home, either. So I called Fort Lauderdale PD to make a report. Which they wouldn't take, because I was calling from outside Fort Lauderdale, even though the theft happened there. They said I had to go to their main police HQ and file a report in person.

    Instead I returned to the hospital to report the matter to their security police. But they refused to take a report without a Fort Lauderdale PD case number. I asked if they could review their surveillance tapes for that time period. Nope, not without a FLPD case number. I wondered exactly what their function is.

    By then I was getting discouraged, and went back up to this room, where I stayed until 8:30 tonight. I'll never see that iPad again. icon_sad.gif
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    Mar 24, 2013 3:45 AM GMT
    I really do hope you did get some rest and had the energy to go to the PD and file a report. Sure it's just a thing, but was your thing and $600 doesn't just grow on trees. This isn't a GEICO commercial. If you haven't already, please go Bob! icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 24, 2013 3:53 AM GMT
    That's really a shame! The thief should be caught. icon_sad.gif *hugs*
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    Mar 24, 2013 12:59 PM GMT
    http://www.apple.com/icloud/features/find-my-iphone.html

    Based on your O.S. you might be able to track it.
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    Mar 24, 2013 2:51 PM GMT
    I attended a candlelight memorial service right before Christmas for a friend who was murdered in her home by an intruder and when we came out of the church several cars had their windows smashed in. Nothing was taken in any of them so apparently it was the work of some vandals who thought that would be fun. I thought at the time that must be the lowest form of human waste in existence but this comes close. BUT remember in the grand scheme of things that you were going through at the time, this is nothing. True, an expensive and annoying nothing but compared to your husband's well-being not that important. But I do hope they catch the culprits and fry them.
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    Mar 24, 2013 2:53 PM GMT
    Call Security in a few days. I find a lot of stuff patients and/or the families leave behind and I don't have time to get it to lost and found. But Security is who will have the lost and found.
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    Mar 24, 2013 3:38 PM GMT
    RadRTT saidCall Security in a few days. I find a lot of stuff patients and/or the families leave behind and I don't have time to get it to lost and found. But Security is who will have the lost and found.

    Yep, I went there to check yesterday (Sat). I'll check with them again today, about to leave for the hospital. Was waiting later today because his sister is already there, can't have too many visitors in the ICU.

    Then I'll probably download a PDF file from FLPD to complete, in lieu of making a trip to their main office to file a report.
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    Mar 24, 2013 3:43 PM GMT
    DANG! Good luck with that.
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    Mar 24, 2013 3:49 PM GMT
    That's a horrible feeling. Even if it's something of no value, the feelings of violation that come from theft runs deep. Stealing from someone in a hospital parking lot....in the handicap zone? Wow. What a sorry sack of shit. People like that don't deserve to breath oxygen.
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    Mar 24, 2013 3:50 PM GMT
    Sorry to hear that. Did the hospital SPs say whether theft from vehicles is a regular occurrence there? CCTV is your only hope really. The police do tend to give you the run around when reporting these sort of thefts, because a lot of people are doing it for insurance fraud (many people regard insurance as nothing more an upgrade facility). Unfortunately, it means the real victims like you suffer even more inconvenience.
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    Mar 24, 2013 3:57 PM GMT
    The first thing a police officer will tell you is " why did you let anything in plain view , next time leave it in the boot " .That happened to me , Atlanta PD didn't seem to be eager to write a report either !
    Hope you will get it back one way or another ..
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    Mar 24, 2013 4:02 PM GMT
    Did you set up the find my device feature in the cloud/security settings?

    Also, will your homeowner's insurance possibly cover the loss?
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    Mar 24, 2013 4:04 PM GMT
    neffa saidThe first thing a police officer will tell you is " why did you let anything in plain view , next time leave it in the boot " .That happened to me , Atlanta PD didn't seem to be eager to write a report either !
    Hope you will get it back one way or another ..


    Yeah, I've had cops say this to me too. It's basically like blaming the rape victim for wearing a short skirt.
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    Mar 24, 2013 4:08 PM GMT
    Scruffypup saidThat's a horrible feeling. Even if it's something of no value, the feelings of violation that come from theft runs deep.

    This ^^^.

    I remember when I was younger, the first thing stolen from me was my first mountain bike. I was angry, frustrated, and sad at the same time; felt like an utter violation of who I was. That some person decided to take something from me, that I worked hard for, without a second thought of putting themselves in my shoes.

    It was hard lesson at that age to learn that some people have a very low to none-existent sense of ethics/morality. They will only not do something if they think they will/may get caught, rather than basing their decisions on a respect-of-persons, 'golden-rule', or other moral approach.

    Despite filing a police report and having had the bike's serial number already registered in my name. I never saw it again. Theft recovery rates are piss-poor low.

    So I identify, and my thoughts are with you.
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    Mar 24, 2013 4:10 PM GMT
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    neffa saidThe first thing a police officer will tell you is " why did you let anything in plain view , next time leave it in the boot " .That happened to me , Atlanta PD didn't seem to be eager to write a report either !
    Hope you will get it back one way or another ..


    Yeah, I've had cops say this to me too. It's basically like blaming the rape victim for wearing a short skirt.


    I don't think sensible crime prevention advice is unwarranted. You can make life harder for thieves (most of whom are opportunists) by taking very simple precautions. Art was understandably tired and emotional and let his guard down.
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    Mar 24, 2013 4:10 PM GMT
    Hi Bob,

    I am glad to hear that your partner's surgery went well, and I'm sorry to hear that in the midst of all of this, you have to deal with the additional stress of the theft. I know it may be inconvenient, but surveillance from hospitals and shopping centres aren't kept for very long, so the sooner you can get to the Ft. Lauderdale Police, is the more likely they would have the tape. I was told this when one of my client's computers was stolen out of the boot of his car while eating at a restaurant. My client went after a few days, got the report, but the restaurant had already overwritten the DVR record for that day.

    Cheers, and the best to ya!

    Sean
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    Mar 24, 2013 4:50 PM GMT
    Son of a bitch! I hope the asshole OD's.
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    Mar 24, 2013 5:01 PM GMT
    Oh man. All your personal information contacts and emails exposed as well. Change all your passwords ASAP, specially your mail pass. Report it to the police. Please next time always set a pass lock on your mobile devices just in case they get stolen. My iPhone got stolen recently and I could not track it down with find my iPhone, I had a pass lock on it so at least I knew(to a degree) that my info was safe. Lucky for me, my job gave me another iPhone 5 for free and I recovered all my info from iCloud, like it never happened.

    Honestely it's iust a damn iPad, fuck it, I already shattered the screen on mine and I'm like whatever. Once you're ready to repurchase one then you'll get all your shit back from iCloud. Right now focus on your personal life and forget about these stupid gadgets.
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    Mar 24, 2013 5:07 PM GMT
    File the report ASAP. My automobile insurance covers theft. Yours may as well.
    And call the ombudsman of the hospital, a family with a patient in Cardiac ICU deserves a more civil and swift response and a review of tapes regardless !
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    Mar 24, 2013 5:09 PM GMT
    Also check online personal sales sites like Craigslist. Black 64GB 4th Generation iPads are not that common, so you may find yours if you're lucky.


    HUGS
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    Mar 24, 2013 6:48 PM GMT
    charlitos saidAlso check online personal sales sites like Craigslist. Black 64GB 4th Generation iPads are not that common, so you may find yours if you're lucky.

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    Mar 24, 2013 6:51 PM GMT
    MuscleComeBack saidFile the report ASAP. My automobile insurance covers theft. Yours may as well.
    And call the ombudsman of the hospital, a family with a patient in Cardiac ICU deserves a more civil and swift response and a review of tapes regardless !

    I went back to security again today, no iPad. And they say only 1 person in their office is able to review the tapes, and he doesn't return until 3 PM Monday.