New Anti-Theft Website Launches

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Startup website introduces an original concept: the ability to help prevent theft, and the ability to offer the victims an opportunity to recover their stolen goods.

The idea is to build an online community, which interconnects with social media. That way, bnstolen users –friends, family and neighbors - can collaborate in catching a thief quickly.

Losing a wallet with all its contents--cash, driver’s license, credit cards, and pictures of loved ones--is not uncommon these days. Whether its jewelry, cell phones or other valuables, being a victim of theft is a situation no one wishes to be in.

Danish entrepreneur Jesper Kampmann reacted to this truth by developing the idea into a working, real-life concept now known as

“Chasing down criminals is a job most people would assign to the local police department, due to the obvious risks one would face,” Kampmann said. “When you mention ‘collaborate to catch a thief’, it first sounds like bnstolen might put the end-user in a potentially dangerous situation. But the bnstolen community is a secondary authority, and end-users will never be confronted with a thief.”

The system is built on three types of users. Type one is for users who have lost property and want to get it back. Type two is for users who have found property and want to return it to its rightful owner. Type three is for ‘Bounty Hunters’ who actively look for lost property.

When a user submits a report on a stolen item, the report is automatically sent via SMS and email to all detectives and bounty hunters in the area. The location is recorded and plotted out on a map, so detectives and bounty hunters can easily view where it was last seen. They can also read details on how it was stolen, how it looks, and how large the reward is. Reports on stolen items can also be shared on social networks. The system also allows for users to be grouped by area, so a person can see the crime activity in his or her neighborhood.

For example, if a person’s bike is stolen and they submit a report, they can receive tips via text messages if someone saw who stole it. Those features make bnstolen a neat community-powered anti-theft tool, one that takes neighborhood watch to a much higher level by harnessing the power of today’s always-connected technology.

“When something gets stolen, you often find yourself waiting for at least 30 minutes before the police reacts. With, your friends, family and neighborhood get notified almost instantaneously!” Kampmann said. “Check out for yourself to see if any of your neighbors needs help.”

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