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Tracking software helps laptop hunt

Published 15/09/2011 | 19:36

A suspected burglar has been arrested after a student activated tracking software installed on her laptop
A suspected burglar has been arrested after a student activated tracking software installed on her laptop

A suspected burglar has been arrested after a student activated tracking software installed on her laptop.

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Emma Partington turned on the computer programme, which she had downloaded to her laptop, after discovering she had been the victim of a burglary in Bristol.

Unbeknown to the burglar, the Prey software gave Miss Partington a GPS location of her laptop, revealed the wi-fi address the stolen machine was connected to and even took a picture of the person using it.

The laptop was stolen in a burglary of a shared student home in the Cotham area of Bristol on August 20.

Miss Partington said: "I got home late at night and when I realised what had happened I went to my friend's and activated a software application I had installed free on my laptop called Prey.

"I went to bed and when I woke up I had received an email from the company which stated that my laptop had been used at 3am and gave me a GPS location of the wi-fi address it was connected to, a list of sites that had been visited and even took a photograph of the person using the laptop.

"I contacted the police with all this information and they printed it all off."

Police officers made checks on the location supplied by Miss Partington and later that day a man, who was living at the property, was arrested in connection with burglary.

A laptop and other items, which police believe may have been stolen, were also found at the address.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and has been bailed pending further inquiries.

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