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What to do to help recover stolen laptop computers?

by blkirn20022002 / December 15, 2004 10:51 AM PST

On or about 12/05, 12/06/04, my Dell laptop, an Inspiron XPS was stolen from my home. Local Athorities have been notified and I have notified Dell about the theft. I was running Windows XP Pro with SP2 installed. Gave Dell my service pack number and other information. Are there other things I need to know or do to help with the retrievel efforts? Need help! Want my baby back!

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Not much you can do
by Yew / December 15, 2004 11:11 AM PST

You just have to hope the local cops are competent and the thief tries to sell the thing in some stupid and obvious way.

Chances are, you're never going to see it again, and hopefully you were insured against this sort of thing.

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I agree
by PudgyOne / December 15, 2004 9:15 PM PST

There is nothing much you can do about it. If it had your inportant information in it, like bank account number, credit card numbers, etc... I would be notifying them so your account can not be comprimised. I would also be changing my passwords that I use. Make the passwords using a combination of letters and numbers and jumble them so a dictionary will not be able to figure out your password.

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