Every day $7 million worth off phones are lost or stolen globally, add on all of the lost cameras, GoPros and DSLRs and a lot of media is lost. But those devices are somewhere and the media on those devices matter, from baby pictures to holiday snaps, they matter. It’s Somewhere aims to help connect those who have found cameras and other devices with those who have lost them, with multiple success stories already.
The annual summer holidays are underway and families around the country are busy throwing their towels and cameras into suitcases in excited expectancy of memorable summer vacations. Braving passport control and the delays at the airport, the reward is often relaxing on a white sandy beach. But then the thunder storms gather and as holiday makers hurriedly scurry off the beach and back to their hotel rooms, they forget their camera, their GoPro, their mobile phone’s. All of those moments captured and memories made, all of those combined individual photos that would paint an ever lasting portrait of your holiday, lost in an instant.
If that’s happened to you, you wouldn’t be the first one to misplace a camera or mobile phone; in-fact a report from cyber security company, Lookout, details that each day $7 million worth of mobile phones go missing around the world . It would be unfortunate, but not uncommon to find yourself within this bracket, but for many people the lose isn’t portrayed in a dollar sign ($); but rather a lose of memories, a lose of days gone by, a lose of pictures and videos of loved ones.
Those of you who have been in this position or currently find yourself there now, don’t despair. It’s Somewhere, a company looking to help reunite those who have lost media devices with those who have found them, has put together a list of steps and actions to increase your chances of resolution.
The Police – Your first port of call should be the local police station. If you’re lucky enough, a good samaritan may hand in your device to the police. The police should also be a priority for insurance purposes.
Social networks – Your social media account gives you access to plenty of friends and acquaintances to share your details with and track down those precious memories. Check hashtags on Twitter such as #FoundCamera. Pro Tip: If the device you’ve lost is logged into Facebook, you can pull a list of ‘logged-in locations’ via your account security.
Register reports – Get as much information as you can online about your device. Use websites dedicated to finding lost cameras, such as It’s Somewhere and find online community notice-boards such as Craigslist to post too.
Back up your photos – If you have a device connected to the internet this may have been done automatically so check connected devices. Failing that, buy a hard drive to back up your pictures and memories on the go.
The company, which started at the end of 2015, is a quick, simple and free site to share lost and found media devices. Members can upload information about the device model, picture content, and the location that it was lost or found.
The co-founders, Daniel, Scott and Isabelle, started the site after their own travels upon hearing the stories of those who had not only lost cameras, but also those who had found them.
“I was speaking to a woman from France who had brought a second hand phone at the market and the phone she bought actually contained pictures of someone else’s holiday, the woman obviously had no way of knowing how to return the pictures on that phone,” said Scott; “After hearing all of these stories; hearing of people who had lost cameras as well as those who had found them, we realised there was a simple solution.”
Eight months later and with more than 150 registered reports of lost or found devices, 4 success stories and an increasingly growing global community; It’s Somewhere is a good place to start looking if you find yourself in the uncompromising situation of losing your device.
“With the explosion of smartphones, digital cameras, DSLR’s and GoPro’s, there are no shortages of broken hearts and lost memories as holidaymakers and daytrippers alike struggle to keep hold of their precious devices,” Daniel added “When we had our first success back in February , it’s then we knew we were building a community that was making a difference and a network we could be proud of.”