With nearly one million British homes burgled in 2003, a house fire every few minutes and British holidaymakers being robbed to the tune of £300m, it's hoped the new internet venture will help both victims and their insurers.
Designed to substantially minimise the impact of loss, theft or damage inasafeplace.com comprises an online safebox in which the user can record details of their most valued possessions. The safebox can store vital information on anything from scanned copies of important documentspassport, travel tickets, wedding certificate, to photographs and detailsof jewellery, laptops, paintings, furniture, mountain bikes and mobile phones.
These details, which can include serial numbers, sales receipts and descriptions of distinguishing marks, mean that insurance claims should be quicker and more successful, accurate replacement should be simple or police retrieval much more likely.
As the safeboxes are held online, the details will never be lost or stolen themselves, and can be accessed only by the safebox key holder wherever they are in the world. And to further ensure absolute security and peace of mind for the user, no address details are required by the site.
Thom Board, founder of inasafeplace.com, says: “The concept came to me one night while being made to watch Crimewatch by my wife. In terms of technology it's incredibly advanced because it's so secure but it couldn't be simpler to use.
“Before hitting upon the idea I never really thought our household held all that many valuable things but then I started to think about all of our possessions in terms of loss or replacement and I was stunned. Suddenly I had a list of things I could upload from the lawnmower right down to the dog.
“And it stretches far beyond just household items in that it's an incredibly useful resource to travellers, students, sportsmen, car owners, commuters, and businesses.”
At just £1 per item per annum, inasafeplace.com represents great value. Each item record allows a title and three photographs or scans with corresponding descriptions. Items can be bought in blocks of 10 with the minimum purchase being one block. Further blocks can be purchased and added to the safebox at any stage and each block is always operational for a full 365 days from point of purchase.
He adds: “Before we launched the facility we undertook a lot of market research and just about everyone we spoke to loved the idea. Whether it was climbing equipment, sentimental photos, a valuable china collection or a new iPod, they all had plenty to upload whether for themselves, a relative or a close friend.
“Inasafeplace.com proves just how the world wide web continues to expand its uses to make life that little bit easier for people everywhere.”