Recovering a Lost or Stolen Camera

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


Eric Escobar
5-minute read
Episode #91

This past week was not the best for me. My soon-to-be wife had her digital camera stolen, along with her camera bag, lenses, and memory cards. As I'm sure you can imagine, this was a huge loss for us!

That's why today, I'm taking this opportunity to tell you how you can help protect yourself so that this doesn't happen to you -- and the steps you can take if it does.;

So what's the best way to recover your lost or stolen camera? Not have it lost or stolen in the first place!

I'm sure you're thinking, "Gee, thanks Tech Talker, why didn't I think of that?"

But in all seriousness, there are a few easy steps that can be taken so as to have your camera returned if lost, or easy to trace if stolen.

How to Recover a Lost Camera

Whenever you buy an expensive gadget, you should always file the receipt, and take a picture of the item so that if anything does happen to it, you have proof of purchase. The next thing to do would be to affix a label to it indicating your name and your phone number. That way, if it is lost and a good samaritan finds it, they will have a way to contact you. You can also take a picture of yourself holding a sign that reads something like, "Hi, I'm John and this is my camera. If you find it, please call me at [insert your number here]." That way if someone finds your memory card or camera, they will see the picture and hopefully return it back to you. Lastly, to differentiate your device from a sea of others, add an identifing feature onto your device that is not easily removable. A small dab of nail polish works great. This way, if your device is sold on eBay or Craigslist, or if the person who found it wanted proof that it was yours, you can easily identify it.

These first few tips assume that your camera, device, or memory card was found by someone who would actually do the right thing and return it to you.

But what if the person who has your camera has no intention of returning it to you? What if your device is actually stolen?


About the Author

Eric Escobar

Tech Talker demystifies technology and cutting edge devices so that even the most tech illiterate can understand what's going on with their computer or gadget — and what to do when something goes wrong.