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Working with lost property offices

We've recently added some functionality to our service to help lost property offices around the country clear their inventory quicker. This has several benefits for them and for anyone who might have lost something.

Sometimes, items are handed in to lost property offices if they've been found at transport hubs or places where large groups of people visit or stay. Other times, they may be handed over to the police. Without any form of identification, the recovery of these items relies on their owners knowing they are there. Handing items that have been found over to the police can take some time out of your day as the process requires them to take several pieces of information. Often, people prefer to drop an item into a lost property office instead, as the process is a fair bit quicker.

Thanks to iFoundThis, if an item you lose has an iFoundThis tag on it and it is handed into a lost property office or to the police, the office can notify us so that we can text you to let you know. This part of our service is free, and it can save you the hassle of calling up and visiting several lost property offices. It also provides an extra level of identification when you collect the item if you notify the office of your unique identification code.

Over the next year or so, we plan to get as many lost property services signed up with us as possible so that you have an even better chance of recovering your item.

How does the service work?

If you don't already know how iFoundThis works, it's straightforward. You put a small printed tag on any item you want to protect. Our tags are non-electronic, relying instead on people who find your item to track it for us. Each tag displays a simple instruction that asks a finder to enter a code online. With the information the finder provides us, we can then notify you with any recovery options.

If an item is handed into a lost property office or to the police, providing the office is registered with us as a genuine lost property service, they can notify us so that we can text you to let you know where your item is. And the best part is, the system still maintains full confidentiality of all your personal details. We don't share any of your information with the lost property office as we don't need to. You'll still need to get to the office to collect your item, but you'll know where it is.

How do I get started?

Getting started is really easy. All you have to do is sign up with us for free and then choose from our various tag types and designs depending on what items you want to protect. We recommend our printed labels as these can be fixed onto pretty much anything. Once a tag or label have been applied, you don't need to do anything else. In the unfortunate event that your item goes missing, providing the label or tag is legible, there is a strong likelihood that you'll see the item again.

If the item is handed in to a lost property office or to the police, we'll text you to let you know at no cost to you. The finder might prefer you to collect the item from them or to have it posted to you. Either way, we'll let you know.

I'm enquiring from a lost property office or service

If you run or work for a lost property service, please get in touch with us. We'll need a few details from you so that we can add you to our database. The information we collect from you is minimal to reduce any risk of security breaches. We'll need to validate the information provided just to be sure that you are genuine, but the process is quick and painless. There is no cost to sign up with us. To ensure our beneficial system works effectively for you, all we'll ask you to do is to raise awareness of our service by helping us to promote it. We can do this in several ways, and we'll discuss the options with you directly. You can sign up here.

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24th Jan 2020
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