August 2013

Has your camera been stolen or even lost? Well, Stolen Camera Finder can actually help you find the location of your camera.

How it works: 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.

Stolen Camera Finder crawls the internet searching for photos, collecting the serial numbers of the cameras that took them. When you use the drag & drop feature, Stolen Camera Finder reads the unique serial number from the exif data of your photo and uses it to match against serial numbers it has stored.

If you have lost your camera or it has been stolen, make a police report. You can also utilize this website to create a missing camera report, which is free of charge. The advantages of making a police report and using Stolen Camera Finder are:

  • If someone finds your lost camera, they can find you and give it back.
  • People buying used cameras can check to see if has been reported stolen.
  • Used camera traders can check if they are accidentally handling stolen property.
  • The website can email you the moment they find photos from your camera on the internet.

Personal story: A Menlo Park Police Officer recently worked a theft case involving a camera. The victim told the officer that he used Stolen Camera Finder and was able to track his camera to Des Moines, Iowa. The website’s search engine returned a match to digital photographs on the internet. The digital photographs showed to be uploaded by a photography company located in Des Moines, Iowa.

The victim contacted the photography company via telephone and told them of the nature and reason for contacting them. They told the victim that they purchased the camera through an advertisement. Subsequently, the identification of the eBay account was known to the victim as an acquaintance now living in Washington, DC. The officer investigated, and the case was sent to the District Attorney’s Office.

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Summer adventures: Kibbie to Many Island Lakes backpack trip takes unexpected twists and turns

My backpacking trip this summer was one of the most difficult I’ve ever experienced. Seven of us set out to conquer the wilderness between Kibbie and Many Island Lakes in the southwest corner of Yosemite National Park, but we failed. The distance between these lakes is only about two miles as the crow flies, and the […]

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Sophie Stallman tells the story about being a teenager in occupied Poland in her new book

Since landing in Menlo Park in 1958, Sophie Stallman has raised a family and been instrumental in bringing gymnastics to the Bay Area. Along the way, she studied landscape design which she put to good use in the backyard of her hillside home in Ladera. Now she’s added “author” to her list of accomplishments. Her […]

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Local amateur golfer Jonathan Garrick sets sights on pro career

Jonathan Garrick, now a student-athlete at UCLA, grew up in Atherton, attending Oak Knoll and Hillview Schools before heading to St. Francis for high school. We caught up with him between rounds of golf. InMenlo: How long have you been playing golf? Jonathan: I’ve been picking up a club since I could walk and playing […]

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Getting up to speed with Menlo Park Police Chief Robert Jonsen, who’s hit the ground running

Menlo Park Police Chief Robert Jonsen has been on the job for about six months now. “I feel like I’m home, even though I didn’t grow up here,” he says. Bob, as he’s known, spent 27 years with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, most recently as captain of the Lancaster station. “My personality is more […]

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Yellow fever mosquito found at Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park

Last Friday (8/23) the California Department of Public Health confirmed the identification of a yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti). San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District found the mosquito  at Holy Cross Cemetery in west Menlo Park. The Aedes aegypti species is not native to California; however it is a common mosquito in urban […]

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Hosting an AFS student was start of lasting relationship for one Menlo Park family

Keri Tully will never forget the first night they welcomed AFS exchange student Onur Oktay into their Menlo Park home. Coming from Antalya, Turkey to attend Menlo-Atherton High, the 16-year-old senior spoke limited English. “The first night was really funny. We were trying to talk to him about our family rules and what his chores […]

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Ravenswood Education Foundation cites milestones in supporting student achievement

We received an email from Renu Nanda, Executive Director of the Ravenswood Education Foundation: “Wow! We are proud to say that this past year, REF raised over $1,300,000, or $370 per student, to support student achievement in East Palo Alto and eastern Menlo Park. “Every dollar raised has helped REF provide: Student Achievement Summer Academies […]

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Spotted: Another Little Free Library in Menlo Park’s Allied Arts neighborhood

We reported on what we believe is the first Little Free Library to open in Menlo Park a year ago. Now it looks like it has at least one sister library, this one located just a few blocks away on Yale in the Allied Arts Neighborhood of Menlo Park. The idea behind the grassroots libraries […]

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Summer fellows at Lightspeed Ventures are working on an app to improve teen driving safety

Two men and a woman — all associated with Stanford University — are hunkered down at Lightspeed Ventures in Menlo Park, part of the firm’s summer fellowship program. The app they’re working on just may save a teenager’s life. That’s the premise of Drive Pulse, which the team is currently beta testing with Menlo Park parents. The iPhone […]

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Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park is hosting community fundraiser on Sept. 7

The Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park is holding fundraiser at Allied Arts Guild in Menlo Park on Saturday, September 7, with 100% of the profits going to support the community: scholarships for high school seniors, Special Olympics, St. Anthony’s Dining Room, Flood Park refurbishing A cocktail hour with appetizers, wine and spirits kicks off the […]

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