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Lost or stolen? New website tries to find missing items for you

The website allows users to upload details of their missing items for free and shares them through social media.

Image: Paul Gorbould via Flickr/Creative Commons

A FORMER WEB designer from Louth has set up a lost property website for Ireland. Lostandstolen.ie, which was launched last Sunday, offers users the chance to post free classified ads on the website to try to trace their missing goods.

Jason McGee, the creator of the website said the idea came to him when he noticed regular tweets about missing pets.

“I wondered whether there was a one stop shop for missing goods in Ireland. I did a bit of Googleing but didn’t find one so I sat down last Sunday and designed the site in just one day,” he told TheJournal.ie.

The website, which is set up like a classified ads site, allows users to register a notice for free for thirty days in the category of their choice.

Visitors can add up to two images, choose their county, a description and add in a contact email for anyone who has information about their lost or stolen item. The site will also share ads on its Facebook and Twitter pages.

“I also took some advice from a Garda who suggested that I add in a serial number facility to each ad so that people could search on that field,” McGee added.

The website is free to use and is aimed at Ireland but if it takes off McGee plans to create an application and roll it out worldwide.

It’s expected that the site will attract attention from insurance companies who would have an interest in the same area.

The site only has a few missing items up so far including:

  • two Jack Russells
  • a lost Tiffany chain
  • a stolen six seater patio set.

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