The sleuths over at Boston's WBZ have learned that Sirius Satellite Radio doesn't "seem to care if your unit is stolen."
WBZ did a test to see what would happen if they reported a Sirius receiver stolen, and then had a separate person try to reactivate it a couple days later. Apparently they pulled it off without a hitch.
Brookline Police officer Tom Shea, who runs juststolen.net (a free website to help track and recover stolen property) explains, "we have learned that Sirius will reactivate those stolen radios."
The reason? Officer Shea recalls his conversation with Sirius: "She told me that they delete all the old records, and when I expressed my concern that law enforcement could very easily identify the person that is in custody of a stolen radio, they don't care."
A Sirius Satellite Radio spokesperson acknowledged that when someone calls to report a radio stolen, they close that account. But they don't flag the receiver as stolen because an innocent person could have bought it on EBay and they don't want to victimize that new customer.
Sirius admits they only mark a radio as stolen if a customer goes through a two step process: First, the customer must report it to the police. Second, the police have to subpoena the company's records.
(Ahh, the Internets: the perfect medium to teach a would-be thief how to pull a profit.)