“iJacking” Strong-arm laptop robberies
Spotted on the Raw Feed – There’s likely a bit of sensationalism that will happen because of these stories and events regarding laptop/Powerbook theft, but it doesn’t hurt to be a bit (more) aware when you’re out and about doing work at a cafe. Once and awhile I work out of one of the places that got hit by the stabbing laptop bandit – it’s on Mission and 22nd, it’s bad enough to get your laptop stolen, but stabbed too? That’s messed up.
Laptop thieves descend upon wireless cafes. Grab-and-run robbers find pricey computers easy to resell by Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer -”A San Francisco finance manager stopped in at a Mission District cafe and was tapping on his laptop as he enjoyed his coffee just before noon on a Thursday. Suddenly, he was under siege. “I looked up, and I saw this guy leaning into me as if he was asking a question,” he said. “I leaned forward, and out of the corner of my eye, I saw someone fiddling with the computer cord. I tried to stand up, and as I stepped back, he stabbed me in the chest. Police say normally quiet cafes are becoming hunting grounds for laptop bandits.” – Link.
iJacked. Strong-arm robberies of laptop computers are on the increase by Charles Russo – San Francisco Bay Guardian. GRAND THEFT LAPTOP “It is obviously a trend,” Lt. John Loftos of the SFPD’s Robbery Division told the Guardian. “We are seeing crimes that we have never seen before, based on a cultural change. The crime trend is following the wireless trend.” – Link.
Some solutions – Laptop locks, chain your stuff so someone can’t take off with it, and there’s also this application, but I’m not sure it will stop anything. My Powerbook is laser etched, so it’s not valuable as a resale – no one would want this on their laptop but me. Lastly, encrypt / backup, a lot, but you’re doing that anyway right?