1. An International Site for Posting things that have been LOST / FOUND / STOLENItslonggone.com hosts ads about lost, stolen and found goods to hook people up with their stuff or collect tips to support police investigations. The ads describe the article and the place it was lost or found."The public needs a lost and found. You go to a pool, theres a lost and found. You go to a local school and theres one," said Darren Martin, the websites founder and financier.
2. About ItsLongGone.com A new Vancouver-based website is helping the absent-minded and victims of crime locate lost and stolen goods."We all lose stuff, whether its innocent -- you drive away with your cellphone and purse on top of your car -- orsomeone takes your bicycle."Posted items include lost pets, a gas mask, a modelling portfolio, a boat and many cellphones.A break-in at Martins home last year was the inspiration for the site, launched two months ago. The thieves stoleMartins cellphone, keys and wallet. "I phoned the police and they didnt have the time to come out right away,"Martin said. "The police dont have the manpower to chase peoples things down."In 2009, there were 2,363 break-and-enters in Vancouver, 1,024 motor vehicle thefts and 8,885 cases of theft over$5,000.Martin found a surveillance video of a man using his credit card at a local gas station and used global positioning tolocate his cellphone -- information police used to make an arrest. But Martins stuff was long gone, so he decided tostart a website to try to recover it. Now he hopes other people will post tips about the lost and stolen goods andthen go to police with the information."This is just an honest persons website. Its not supposed to chase criminals. Its not supposed to prosecuteanybody," Martin said. "Your job is not to be the police all of the sudden. Your job is to tell the police, I think this isstolen."Lars Longva, owner of Alpine Firewood, posted his stolen $30,000 firewood processor on the site two months agowith a $5,000 reward offer.Longva received one tip that he passed on to police. "Somebody had seen it travelling between Abbotsford andChilliwack heading east, being towed behind an old motor home," Longva said.The bright yellow Kisa-Kombi firewood processor is one of only a few in Canada. "I am hoping that a neighbour ofwhoevers property its on or someone who buys firewood from somebody sees this thing," Longva said.The site isnt just for stolen articles. There are also listings on the site for garden-variety lost items such aseyeglasses and keys.
3. How To Post Posting hints You must create an account .If you dont your post won,t work. This was done to prevent spam.Provide vin number (serial #)Police contact infoDetailed description of item or petClear picturesProvide details (where, when, how)If robbed, feel free to tell your story (no profanity please) Join us on facebook at its long gone