The Tucson Police Department is teaming up with Foundrop.com to reunite lost or stolen property with owners in the Old Pueblo.
In a proactive approach to link owners up with their property, last year tpd teamed up with Foundrop, a website where users can create a free profile, inventory their property and if valuables go missing, they can flag it and search the site if the item was found. Now, the department has rebranded the safe platform and named it TPD Lost & Found designed with Amazon cloud-based technology for storing serial numbers, photographs and receipts. The community can post and share lost and found property in one location.
Items are kept for 30 days but most times items are auctioned or donated to charity because owners don't claim them. However, the new approach on social media will change that.
According to police officials, TPD's Lost & Found is private, secure and controlled by the registered owners until they choose to share with the Tucson Police Department or Community. "It's a way for the TPD and the community to work together on a level that is very private, just because they register on to our platform doesn't mean other people can see their stuff, Evidence Superintendent Nancy McKay-Hills said.
TPD's Lost & Found is very easy to access and provides a photo-based property for the public to search.
The Tucson Police Department hopes the re-branding of the program and the promotion of it on social media will help spread the word and allow Tucsonans to reclaim their stolen property faster.