Have you ever had your smartphone stolen? With so much of our lives being conducted digitally, the thought of a thief getting their hands on your phone is frightening!
That's what happened to Anthony Van Der Meer in the Netherlands. It angered him so much he decided to take action.
After having his iPhone stolen, Van Der Meer went on to set a trap. He set up a new Android phone with the spyware app Cerebus and went out in public to intentionally get the phone stolen.
You won't believe what happened next. Once the phone was swiped, he started tracking the thief. He was even able to take pictures of the criminal's surroundings and record videos from the stolen phone.
Van Der Meer then created a short film of everything that happened from the moment the phone was stolen. The video is a bit long, almost 22 minutes, but it's a pretty interesting view. If you have the time, check it out.
It is interesting to see how Van Der Meer begins to sympathize with the thief while he watches his every move. It's a little reminiscent of what is referred to as Stockholm syndrome.
This story also shows us how vulnerable we all are if someone was able to get their hands on our phone and install spyware. It's creepy knowing that every moment of our lives could be under surveillance. Definitely keep your phone secure at all times and don't let it out of your sight.