We have talked about Lenstag before here at SLR Lounge, but for those of you who have not heard of it, here is a quick refresher. Lenstag is an online database where you can store a list of your camera gear and their serial numbers. Then, if your gear is lost or stolen you can mark it as such and Lenstag marks that serial number as a stolen gear. So, if anyone buying gear checks the registry, they will see that the gear that is being sold to them is, in fact, stolen.
Lenstag has just taken it to a whole new level, and is now offering this impressive new “Rescue” service which helps to try and locate stolen gear online through image meta data. The service runs through a chrome extension which reads the meta data of images that you view in your browser. If one of those images comes back as being shot with a stolen piece of gear, then Lenstag rescue is notified and the process of tracking that gear down becomes a whole lot easier for law enforcement.
In order for the system to work correctly though, they need as many people running this chrome extension as possible. The more people surfing the web with this extension installed the more chance that stolen gear can be recovered.
The Chrome extension only sends data when it finds an image with serial numbers or other data in an image that can aid in a camera’s recovery. The data is about the found image and does not contain any text data from the web page itself, nor about you or your computer. The extension should also not effect your browsing or page load times much, if at all, so the effect on your Internet performance will be negligible, at best.
If you are interested in learning more about Lenstag you can do so on their website at www.lenstag.com, or if you would like to install the chrome extension and help other photographers find their stolen gear, then you can find the free chrome extension here.