Last week, I had the chance to speak with Maurice Bourassa, whose Craigslist post for his stolen audio gear became a viral sensation. His heartfelt plea for the return of his highly customized Les Paul guitar resonated with people from all over the world and he’s still getting messages from supporters across the globe.
Turning to Craigslist obviously worked out for Maurice, but it got me wondering what resources are available to track or report stolen audio or AV gear to the industry. The short answer? There are many ways to reach out but not a singular registry that tracks and reports all stolen audio or AV gear.
So what should you do if you find that your audio or AV gear is stolen? First, file a police report. It’s helpful to have photos, make, model and serial numbers to give to the police. If you don’t have the information, take note of it before you find yourself needing it but your stuff is long gone.
Second, start posting to online forums and making others in the pro audio and AV communities aware of your loss.
Some popular forums are:
Live Audio Board (LAB) and other PSW forums
Third, check to see if there are equipment-specific forums or web sites that are applicable to your situation. For Maurice, he got connected to Vintage Guitar Magazine and stolenguitarregistry.com.
Finally, get the word out using social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google+ and on listing sites like Craigslist. All of these sites are free to open an account if you don’t already have one. The more eyes and ears you have on the street, the better chance you have of recovering your gear.