Found and Stolen Items
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Foundrop provides a free service that helps recover lost and stolen items. It helps police departments and others identify owners of lost and stolen property by using the serial numbers from the devices.
By going to Foundrop.com, you can create a free profile where you can record the name, make, model, and serial numbers of each of your valuable items so if they are ever lost or stolen, they can be easily searched through Foundrop to recover them. If you find someone else’s property, that serial number can also be run through Foundrop and if it’s registered with the program, can be easily returned to the owner. The more people who join Foundrop, the more likely you are to recover lost or stolen items.
Foundrop allows owners to recover their property when they lose it or have left it behind at places such as coffee shops, restaurants, taxis, airports, hotels, schools, parks, buses, or amusement parks. Estimates show less than 5% of owners record the serial numbers of their property, which is the main identifier police use to locate and return lost, stolen, and left-behind property to the rightful owner. How can I use Foundrop?
Create a free account online at Foundrop.com. It takes less than an hour to log/enter/register the contents of an entire household. Once you sign up you significantly increase the chance of retrieving lost or stolen property if it is located by police, a business, or someone who turns it in.
- Create and log in to your Foundrop account.
- Add something you own such as a laptop, phone, or tablet to your registered property list.
- Click the "Log out" link at the top of the page.
- Now pretend that you're the finder and run the serial number through Foundrop. Within a couple of minutes, you, as the owner, will receive an e-mail notifying you that your property's serial number has been run through Foundrop.
- Click on the "Report Your Find" button.
- On the next page, select the "No, I turned this item in and wish to remain anonymous" option.
- Type in a message and click the "Submit your find" button. Within minutes you'll receive another e-mail telling you where your property is and where to get it back.
Who can use Foundrop?
Anyone can run a serial number through Foundrop, but they cannot see who you are or where you live. They can only send you a message through Foundrop telling you that they have found your property or have turned it over to a third party. Only Law Enforcement can see whatever optional contact information you have entered into your account and then only when they find property registered to you. Foundrop gives you the control to enter all, or some of your contact information.
Does Foundrop require me to list my home address and telephone number?
No. The only information needed for your Foundrop account is your name, email address and ZIP code.
REMEMBER! Only Law Enforcement can see your contact information, and they can only see the one item from the serial number run. No one can see your full property inventory.
Should I worry about listing my property on Foundrop?
No! You should be more worried about not listing your property on Foundrop!
You might ask yourself, "What if a thief uses this service as a tool to target my home and steal my property?!" That just won't happen and here's why — Most homes in the USA contain much the same items such as flat screen TVs, computers, DVD players, guns, bicycles, cars, motorcycles, appliances, video game consoles, electronics, tools, sporting equipment, musical instruments, phones, and numerous other serial and uniquely identified property. Thieves don't target a property based on what one owns, but instead the thief looks for homes of opportunity. Homes with lots of trees, exterior walls, hedges, and other ways that conceal his entry into your property. Unfortunately, if you do find yourself the victim of burglary, and you're not tracking your property serial numbers, the national chances of law enforcement recovering your property and getting it back to you is only 0%. Also, the chances of getting a 100% payout on your claims through your insurance company is greatly impacted if you can't show proof of ownership to support your claim.
Who is using Foundrop?
Foundrop is being used by cities, counties, states, law enforcement agencies, universities, airports, hotels, mass transit, schools, taxi companies, resorts, airlines, retailers, event centers, movie theaters, amusement parks, shopping malls, and people like you.
Why do I need Foundrop?
Cell phones, laptops, iPads, and notebooks are personal electronic lifelines that are a part of you—it's your life on a device. Over a billion serial numbered items go missing every year. To give you a better perspective, every week 12,000 laptops are lost, stolen, or left behind in US airports alone at a cost of about $700 million a year. Thirty billion dollars in cell phones go missing every year. The majority of these devices are password protected preventing finders from identifying the rightful owners. Because of this, most of these devices have their memories and hard drives cleansed and are auctioned off.
Now think about all of your property that have serial numbers: electronics, video, audio, tools, bicycles, musical instruments, sporting equipment, weapons, appliances, watches, and so on. Without the serial number how could any finder know that it belonged to you if it was lost, stolen, or left behind? Law Enforcement use serial numbers to track lost and stolen property that is reported to them, but over 95% of us don't record serial numbers which means over 95% of these items are never returned to their rightful owners. This means without tracking your serial numbered items you have a 100% less chance that you'll ever see your property again. By utilizing Foundrop you have a 100% better chance at getting lost, stolen, and left behind property quickly returned.
Where can I get more information?
For more information visit Foundrop.com
Did you know?
- Over 12,000 laptops are left in US airports each week.
- 30 billion in cell phones were lost last year.
- Every 5.1 seconds a theft occurs, and a burglary happens every 14.6 seconds.