After a small incident recently which involved some items getting stolen from my car I've decided to "beef up" my security and general attention to stop things going missing, one of the additional precautions I've taken is to list all my gear and any tech on Lenstag.
Lenstag is a free service for people to register their camera, photographic equipment and certain tech so if a piece of the equipment that is registered is stolen the user immediately reports it as stolen on the Lenstag website and they notify users of the theft.
Registering each piece of equipment is done by entering the serial number and verifying it by the way of a photo. Pretty simple and straightforward. All of which can be done via their great app.
I've done this to all my gear including my iPhone and iMac, it's pretty simple to do with the new app that's available on android and iOS platforms, just simply sign up, enter the name of your equipment and serial number and take a photo of said aerial number to verify ownership. Couldn't be simpler. Now I know this won't stop theft but it's another way to help someone try and get back their equipment if the unthinkable should happen.
Here's the info that was sent recently via email from the company founder Trevor Sehrer.
"I'm the founder of Lenstag and we've just launched a new free feature called Lenstag Rescue that checks images on the web for camera serial numbers and other data that can help us recover stolen cameras.
This is a huge project and we could really use your help, so if you use Google Chrome, please download and install the Lenstag Rescue extension to help out:
If you currently have equipment flagged as stolen in your Lenstag account, Lenstag Rescue is already working for you. If you flag something as stolen in the future, it will automatically be enabled.
If you have gear that's been flagged as stolen and no longer want notifications from Lenstag Rescue when it finds your gear, you can turn them off by going to your Settings on lenstag.com and clicking Disable under Lenstag Rescue notifications.
Please feel free to write me back if you have any questions, feedback or just want to chat.
Looks like this has worked for someone, nice little story reported by Petalpixel about how a lens got returned to the rightful owner after it being stolen, and the nice thing is the person that found it didn't ask for anything for doing it!