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Lost camera at Don Muang airport, Bangkok - how safe is it there

Posted by pjputs on 13/8/2014 at 07:11

On 28thJuly, between 7pm and 7:30pm, I have lost my camera at Don Muang airport in theDepartures zone (tax-free zone). It is a Nikon Coolpix AW120 camera (coloursbright red and black) in an orange pouch with 3 storage cards : 1x 32Gb in thecamera, 1x 32Gb + 1x 8Gb in a pocket in the pouch. These contain the holidaypictures of my family : holiday of a lifetime. We are verysad to loose them ...
Actually I wanted to put up a reward, but don't know how to post such a message at the airport itself (or other location in Thailand) - any ideas?
Reward of $500for camera + cards, or $300 for the cards only (with original pictures, I maybe able to read the pictures even after a format)

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 13/8/2014 at 07:52

Firstly, have you contacted the airport? They have a lost and found (although there's little info on their website around it in English: ) so you might get lucky and found some nice person has turned it in.

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Posted by pjputs on 13/8/2014 at 07:57

Hi Antonia, thanks for your response.
I have contacted lost & found as well as the information desk at Don Muang - no result.
This may well have been an opportunistic thief, and my problem is really how to put up a flyer (or similar) there (at the airport or other relevant location) as a finder/thief might realize the value (esp. of the storage cards) for me and then not ditch or reformat the cards but instead go for the reward ...
Any suggestions from your side?
Kind regards, Pierre

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Posted by antoniamitchell on 13/8/2014 at 12:43

As you came up blanks with the airport, I figure it like this: either it was picked up by an employee, or it was picked up by another traveller.

If it was an employee, they might see a posting on an employee's notice board at the airport, but there's no way to get one there (as the airport info desk and lost-and-found are ignoring you) unless you know someone who works there. Airport employees aren't going to be hanging out in traveller's forums, like this one, so they won't see this message. And even if you could get something posted in the airport and they did see it, it's highly unlikely they'd do anything. If they were honest, they'd have handed it in already. If they're dishonest, they've probably already sold it. Or if it's still in their possession, they'd probably be afraid of contacting you even if they did see the notice, for fear of you then turning them in to the police when they tried to collect the reward. Dishonest people tend to suspect other people of being underhanded, in my experience.

If it was a tourist, you might have some luck posting notices on sites like this. I'd also post on Thorntree and any other major Thai tourism sites you can find. I figure a tourist is more likely to hang onto your camera (either to use it themselves, or to try and sell later). But a tourist is unlikely to see anything posted in the airport, so I wouldn't worry about trying to get stuff into the airport. Just post messages everywhere tourists are likely to see, and hope you get lucky (and check very carefully that whomever contacts you actually does have your stuff - I imagine the amount of money you're talking about will bring scammers out of the woodwork).

I'm very sorry that you've lost the pictures (I have nightmares about that sort of thing), so fingers crossed that you get some luck.

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