Another key loss, after our home keys, was a car key with remote control for a French car. It was a simple credit card size key, but thicker. Simply buy a new one in the garage, we thought. And yes, it was that simple. But what we had never imagined is that a car key, that couldn’t cost more than 10€ in production, would be sold by the garage for a shocking 230€!
Many thieves and fences sell their stolen goods through second hand websites. If you buy something from such a site, always check the serial number, IMEI number (for a phone) or other unique properties before actually ordering. Most websites encourage this, by the way.
You might think that the Spotty lost&found service only works with the Spotty QR code stickers that can be purchased in our web shop. Nothing is further from the truth. When registering an item, you can let Spotty generate a code for you and apply this code yourself to your item, by whatever means you find suitable. The QR code is optional and is mainly intended to return your item even easier to you.
How did we come up with the idea for Spotty? Simple enough: We once lost our house keys the same day we were due to depart on holiday. Our luggage and plane tickets were still in the house, and the clock was ticking. We’ve never been able to track down our house keys, and we called a lot of places that told us they hadn’t been handed into them. It’s highly likely that someone did find them and handed them in somewhere … but where? We then had to pay a locksmith at Sunday rates to open the house lock with a drill. We knew there was clearly room for improvement.
A remark we often hear is that many finders would return a keychain, but would keep a phone or other valuables. We started to investigate this ourselves, but after a few online searches, we came across some remarkable findings. Continue reading
Why should the finder always get a reward from the owner? This follows from live tests that we performed, in which we deliberately “lost” items in the street and filmed and analysed the behaviour of finders. Continue reading