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Recovering a Lost or Stolen Camera

Today Tech Talker will be covering how to retrieve a lost or stolen camera!

 

By
Eric Escobar,
September 5, 2013
Episode #091

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How to Recover a Stolen Camera

First things first -- file a police report. It doesn't take nearly as long as you would think and it is necessary if you are going to try and get your insurance company involved. It will also help out greatly in order to find the person who stole your camera or who ended up with it.

From here on out, you'll need a lot of luck, and a dumb criminal. Generally someone interested in a quick buck will try and get rid of your camera as soon as posisble. Nearby pawn shops and Craigslist are going to be the first place you'll start checking.

I mentioned IFTTT in a previous episode and this is where it can come in handly. You can set it up so that when an item gets posted to Craigslist with the keywords you selected, it will email send you a text message, or take any other action of your choice. This is great because even if a criminal hangs on to your camera for a few months before selling it, IFTTT will never stop notifying you. It also saves you a ton of time and effort searching online every day.

As for pawn shops, there is a really low tech solution. Google all the surrounding shops near where your camera was stolen, and then call asking if they have any cameras. Don't mention that you're looking for your stolen camera. Odds are, that won't go over well.

Now for the techie solution. There are two websites that will help find your camera. The first stolencamerafinder.com is great because all you do is upload a picture from your camera to it and it will extract the serial number. It then searches photo websites like Flickr to see if someone has uploaded any pictures from your camera with the matching serial number. There's also cameratrace.com which does the same thing only you have to know the serial number ahead of time (which you can just copy from stolencamerafinder).

Lastly there's another website called camerafound.com, which is dedicated to reuniting lost cameras with their owners using the pictures on the camera.

Everything I mentioned here is a long shot...but you never know!

With that, here are your 5 Quick and Dirty Tips for recovering a lost or stolen camera:

  1. Take preventative steps: don't leave it exposed or where someone can easily snag it, scan the receipt, and add a small identifying mark.
  2. Use IFTTT and Craigslist to help find your camera without any extra work.
  3. File a police report.
  4. Check out stolencamerafinder.com and camerafound.com to see if anyone has been posting pictures taken from your camera.
  5. Cross your fingers!
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