Are thieves using Bluetooth to find targets?

Are thieves using Bluetooth to find targets?

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Need something new to be paranoid about? How about this – thieves may be using Bluetooth-enabled phones to locate laptops to steal. The theory goes like this – a thief walks down the road with his phone. As he passes cars he looks to see if the phone locates a Bluetooth device. If it does he breaks in and steals it. Kind of scary, but is it an urban legend, or is it true? The report identifies an article from Cambridgeshire in the U.K. last year in which the theft of several laptops is attributed to this method of skullduggery. It suggests that you don’t leave a laptop in your car, even if it’s in the trunk. Presumably, though, you would have to leave your laptop on or in standby in order for this method to work. If you are really worried about this then, just turn off your laptop, or disable the wireless connections when you are out and about. True or not, it’s something to think about.

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