Stolen Camera Finder is a web-based search service that looks for your stolen camera’s serial number in the metadata of images online.
Every photo you take with your digital camera contains hidden information about both the image and the camera such as the make, model and date. This information, called exif data, can also include a unique serial number which identifies your camera.
stolencamerafinder crawls the internet searching for photos, collecting the serial numbers of the cameras that took them.
Kudos to programmer Matt Burns for developing this search engine. He even developed a plugin for the Google Chrome browser that will analyze the images on each web page you surf and help build the search engine’s database. If you want to help out a fellow photographer, you can download the plugin here.