Stolen Equipment

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by drop}jkissing, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. Is there any way to search ebay or other online camera "for sale" for
    serial numbers on camera bodies and lenses?

    We lost must of our equipment out there in a smash and grab from our
    alarmed van. The more expensive your equipment is the more of a
    target you are and triple check you insurance policy and never let
    anything out of your sight.
    drop}jkissing, Jun 16, 2006
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    RichA Guest

    And don't drive a van with window access to the contents in the
    RichA, Jun 16, 2006
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    cjcampbell Guest

    No. Perhaps it is time to encourage eBay and other such places to
    require serial numbers to be posted with ads. That might also keep the
    level of fraudulent ads down.
    cjcampbell, Jun 16, 2006
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    C J Southern Guest

    I'm wondering if it would ork if someone were to create an online database
    where people could, say for a $1, list details of stolen items - that others
    could then check?
    C J Southern, Jun 16, 2006
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    cjcampbell Guest

    Thieves and fences who sell stolen items on eBay are not going to check
    the list; they know where the items came from. And if you buy an item
    and find out it is on the list, what are you going to do about it?
    Returning it to the legal owner would be the right thing to do, but
    good luck getting your money back.

    The other thing is that the list is going to fill up rather quickly
    with items listed by unhappy ex-spouses and significant others, people
    who have had their stuff re-possessed, and others whose claim to the
    items in question may not be legitimate.
    cjcampbell, Jun 16, 2006
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    Mark² Guest

    I doubt that would be enforceable by E-bay or anyone else. There would be
    nothing preventing thieves from slightly "mis-reading" a serial number when
    they post the item for sale (post the serial with a couple of swapped
    characters)...and I think its fair to assume E-bay isn't going to travel the
    country, checking to make sure the serials match the actual product.
    Mark², Jun 16, 2006
  7. The Norwegian photo site has a free service where you can
    register your photo equippment with serial number. You can report your
    equipment stolen, and people that have bought or going to buy used
    gear can search on serion numbers.

    "Someone" (yes...) should offer this as an international database,
    with partners such as eBay, insurcace companies etc -- but it must be
    free, because it's very important that a lot of people use it, or else
    the service will be of less use.

    Espen Stranger Seland, Jun 16, 2006
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    ian Guest

    it would be easy enough to report that the no.s don't match. Could be part
    of the reseller ratings process.
    ian, Jun 16, 2006
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    Siggy Guest


    Similar scheme here in UK.

    "If a possession is lost or stolen you can mark it directly onto the
    national Police and second hand trade stolen possession databases, from
    your MEND account. The ability to do this is totally unique to MEND."

    Sorry this doesn't help the OP, though.

    Siggy, Jun 16, 2006
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    Dave Guest

    An armored truck would work.
    Dave, Jun 17, 2006
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