iPad guides police to stolen goods
Published 05/10/2011 | 12:12
Police have recovered an expensive haul of stolen goods after being guided to them by a tracking device installed on the victim's iPad.
Thieves who broke into the man's BMW made off with a bag containing a laptop, iPad, iPhone, passport, wallet and other goods.
The break-in happened while the car was parked in a car park in Meadow Lane, Eton, Windsor, Berkshire, at around 8.30pm on September 27.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: "Fortunately, the victim had a tracker application installed on his iPad which informed him where it was likely to be."
The information was passed to police who carried out a raid on a property in Slough the following day and recovered the stolen items.
The victim, who declined to be named, urged other people to consider installing tracking applications on their computers and phones to foil thieves.
He said: "Leaving my laptop bag in the boot of the car wasn't the right thing to do clearly, and I hope that other motorists will think twice before doing so given my experience. I would also encourage others to think about installing modern technology applications as there are certainly benefits as is the case here."
Anne Chalmers, crime prevention and reduction adviser for Windsor, Maidenhead and Slough, said: "Tracking applications for the majority of iPhones, iPads and computers are now available.
"They can act as a great crime prevention deterrent as well as provide crucial information to assist police investigations, with crimes ultimately being solved and victims being reunited with their property. There are also similar software packages available for laptops."
A woman in her 30s has been arrested on suspicion of handling and receiving stolen goods in connection with the incident. She has been freed on police bail to return to Maidenhead police station on October 21.