Living in Barcelona tought me one thing: Beware of crooks who want to pinch you off to the underwear. But always taking care of my belongings like a wolfmother, didn’t preserve me from being robbed anyway. I still see myself running after that crook and shouting “Mis llaves! Cabron, dame mis llaves!“, because how would I get back into my flat without keys, right? That day I lost a whole purse full of things, including two mobile phones (yes!) and a tiny digital camera. And how do I wish to catch that thief and get my camera and all the pictures on it back.

picture by Simon Bierwald

A few weeks ago, Katja told you about “I found your camera“, which comes with a number of success stories showing that you really have a shot of getting back that camera you once forgot at that cool Irish pub or the lovely French coffeplace. But it probably won’t help if your camera got stolen, right? But there is hope in the name of stolencamerafinder.com!

The stolen camera finder uses the serial number of your camera to search the internet for pictures uploaded with that very same ID. Every camera leaves hidden information about both the image and the camera on every photo you take. This information also includes a serial number which identifies your camera. So all you need is that serial number. You don’t know it? No prob! The camera finder has a drag and drop feature, so you simply take an old picture, shot with the stolen camera and drop it into the camera finder and it reads your serial number out of the data.

Good luck everyone catching the thief and maybe Katja finds her stolen Australia-cam, too.


This post was written by Nina Hüpen-Bestendonk, who has a funny name even for Germans; she is a wicked go-getter and creative freelance designer, photographer and blogger.

She has an eye for beauty and even finds it in ugly apartment blogs. Her weekly photo chronicle “My week in pictures” has already become a classic among urban Berliners. Find out more at smaracuja.de.