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Initial post: Sep 21, 2009 12:28:29 PM PDT
Hattie says:
Can a Kindle be SHUT DOWN if stolen so that it is NEVER usable again?

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 12:33:19 PM PDT
NO, but deregister immediately so your credit card can't be used.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 12:40:50 PM PDT
Bufo Calvin says:
Barbara, you may find this thread helpful:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/forum/cd/discussion.html/ref=cm_cd_ef_tft_tp?ie=UTF8&cdForum=Fx2FVB1UN5K77GN&asin=B002E0NBIW&cdThread=Tx2XF0A0ADNXHRI

(Amazon thread relevant to the discussion)

Bufo Calvin
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Posted on Sep 21, 2009 12:42:29 PM PDT
I think I remember a post from someone that had his kindle stolen. He called amazon and they disabled it wirelessly so that the theif couldn't use it...I don't even think it turns on when they disable it like that.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 12:50:30 PM PDT
Chris Arnold says:
No, Amazon can't/won't shut down the device. The only thing you can do is remove it from your account to avoid unauthorized purchases.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 5:49:56 AM PDT
Which is why my Kindle never leaves my side. It's either in my purse or in my hands. The other day when we had a fire alarm at the office, I grabbed my Kindle but left my purse behind. I take it with me if I leave the office unattended for any reason. When flying, I never put Kindle in the seat back pocket or overhead bin. It's either in my hand or in my carry-on bag. I never leave it in my car, and I don't leave it at home unless I think conditions will be dangerous and likely to cause harm such as extreme heat/cold or heavy rain.

If my Kindle is stolen, someone will have to forcibly remove it from my person - a kindlectomy as it were!

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 5:52:53 AM PDT
The Niv says:
I still wish Amazon sold some sort of proximity device for the Kindle. A keychain that would vibrate when the Kindle was within a certain distance. Get up to leave, when you get a certain distance from your Kindle, the keychain vibrates.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009 5:53:58 AM PDT
Which is why my Kindle never leaves my side. It's either in my purse or in my hands. The other day when we had a fire alarm at the office, I grabbed my Kindle but left my purse behind. I take it with me if I leave the office unattended for any reason. When flying, I never put Kindle in the seat back pocket or overhead bin. It's either in my hand or in my carry-on bag. I never leave it in my car, and I don't leave it at home unless I think conditions will be dangerous and likely to cause harm such as extreme heat/cold or heavy rain.

If my Kindle is stolen, someone will have to forcibly remove it from my person - a kindlectomy as it were!

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 1:10:05 PM PST
H. Lalor says:
My kindle was stolen two weeks ago, and Amazon has been quite helpful. We filed a police report (other items were also stolen) and Amazon has been providing the investigator information from my kindle (new registered owner, etc). In addition, Amazon disabled the Kindle wirelessly, so it is now useless. Amazon can "turn it back on" if the investigator is able to find the device. Hopefully, I will have my Kindle back soon...

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 1:19:08 PM PST
I think you'll find it is only useless to buy books from Amazon. Getting books from other sources and reading the ones that are already on it should still be possible.

Posted on Mar 3, 2010 1:19:21 PM PST
Virgoddess says:
I'm sorry it was stolen.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2010 1:37:13 PM PST
H. Lalor says:
As long as Amazon tries to make the thief's life more difficult on my behalf, I'm thankful...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2010 1:37:45 PM PST
H. Lalor says:
Virgoddess - thanks!

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 8:18:33 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 4, 2010 8:19:06 AM PST
I wonder if the OP had their Kindle stolen, or if they were just asking the question. They never actually SAID that they had one which had been stolen...

It'd be kinda neat, though, if there WERE a way to brick them after theft. Like a button you'd press or something. Talk about a deterrant! Of course, in my household, DH would probably run across it and, suiting actions to words, say "What happens if you push THIS?" LOL! Ours is NOT the sort of household where any button could remain unpressed for long...

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2010 8:27:48 AM PST
I hope Amazon adds some smarts and builds in explosives to the future generation of the Kindle. When they're stolen, they'll be smart enough to know it and blow up in the hands of the thief.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 9:53:03 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 4, 2010 10:03:10 AM PST
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Posted on Mar 4, 2010 9:59:22 AM PST
L. Gohring says:
@ H. Lalor, that is very good to know. I'm sorry your kindle was stolen, but I'm glad to know that Amazon does help and does shut it down wirelessly.
I have an extreamly low opinion of theives. How someone can take what someone else has worked for is just beyond me.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2010 10:44:01 AM PST
re: I hope Amazon adds some smarts and builds in explosives to the future generation of the Kindle. When they're stolen, they'll be smart enough to know it and blow up in the hands of the thief.

I've wanted a password! But, as for blowing up - it is a nice fantasy however I just travelled on a cruise that did not have a clue what it was, we finally agreed on computer. Running it through an x-ray machine wasn't high on my list and it did "reset" the computer even though it was turned off. I can only imagine the problems I'd have if it was actually run down. On one of my re-entries to the ship with a camera in hand they asked me to show that the camera still worked. That didn't mean that I could turn it on, it meant that the screen actually worked at showing what I was seen through the lens! Since I learned that even digital photography was better not shot while holding a camera at arms length while viewing the image, I was totally confused as to how the fact that the screen worked proved anything: and the do fail while the camera still works!!

At any rate, locking out use would be nice --- deregistering it makes it perhaps easier to reregister if Amazon doesn't actually block the serial number.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 10:58:49 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 4, 2010 10:59:26 AM PST
J. V. Thomas says:
My understanding has been that Amazon will not intervene but I also understood that the police won't intervene either.

In the case detailed here, the police got involved (probably because other merchandise was stolen at the same time and the other merchandises' combined worth met some criteria for intervention). I'm betting that's why Amazon was comfortable getting involved and otherwise would not have.

In my opinion it makes sense that Amazon will not intervene without law enforcement involvement. Amazon doesn't have the resources to make sure the person reporting the theft doesn't have a hidden agenda of some sort.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2010 1:36:04 PM PST
Kindle Girl says:
I also never leave my Kindle unattended. I was reading at lunch the other day and every time I would get up to go to the buffet, I would take it with me. I'm so afraid of someone grabbing it and running. I carry it with me everywhere and every chance I get, I read.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2010 2:04:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 4, 2010 2:25:52 PM PST
GQSG says:
So good to know that... My KDXI was stolen last sunday, but I am in France. Don't know if I can get it back. I called the Amazon customer service, which then gave me the number of the Amazon law-enforcement department. I called the le-department, which, through a answer machine, requested me to send relevant information to them through email. I did report case to the police, and a police report has been filed. But I don't know if it is useful to provide a case number which was reported in France. I wish Amazon can help me with this... Any user of the Kindle DX international has this sort of experience? I so so so love my Kindle very much... I really wish that I can get it back. I was desperate before I see your post. And Amazon is my last hope of getting it back.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 2:08:37 PM PST
I dread the thought of my Kindle being stolen.

Which has me worried about taking it where I would appreciate it the most: the hospital, if I am the patient.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 2:14:20 PM PST
ALAN says:
For about 7 and a half bucks, I bought a recovery sticker from STUFFBAK.com and there are other like companies, which accesses their recovery/reward service. It will not necessarily prevent theft (though I hope it gives the impression the device is rigged) but it surely helps some nice person try to return it to me if just lost. I also changed by username to include contact info, sort of like "HJones23@gmail.com 634-440-5443/REWARD!" instead of Hal's Kindle. The contact info otherwise is buried on the settings page.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2010 2:59:33 PM PST
Kindle Girl,

I did however leave my purse in a diner again!! I spent a couple of weeks trying to be sure I had my kindle "leashed" and forgot the purse ... passport included. We drove 3 hours one way to retrieve it.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 3:49:27 PM PST
Frozen River - I hate to throw water on your fire, but if Amazon is your last hope for getting it back you need to order another.
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