If I got the the sequence of events right:
- I had the phone on the table (with my laptop and coffee)
- a guy approach me while I was on the call
- I thought he was selling the Big Issue paper
- Since I always make the point to support the guys who sell this paper (homeless person trying to get back into work), I bought it from him
- At the time I did find it weird that the copy of Big Issue was a bit 'used'
- After a couple minutes I noticed my phone gone
- one for stealing and
- one for stealing from a guy who was trying to help him (by buying the paper)
Meanwhile, as soon as I noticed the loss:
- I went to iClould , checked on 'where is my device' (offline of course) and set it to remote wipe on next connection to the internet
- Changed my email passwords
- Reported the loss to the Mobile phone operator
- Reported the loss to the police
- Reported the loss to the insurance (who needs the references number from the police)
The device had a pin so I don't think that a normal user would be able to bypass it.
Also I wonder where they are able to use that phone, since the IMEI of the phone (its unique ID) should now be blocked by the networks.
I guess the option is to find somebody who can do a wipe of the phone, including changing its IMEI and OS.
The good news is that I didn't really lose any data, and the most important (technical) asset that I wouldn't want to lose was my laptop, which is still with me (i.e. not stolen :) )
Yes I should had been a bit more street-smart, but events like this are bound to happen occasionally and I just hope that they don't happen enough that I need to change my behaviour and focus.