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Old 06-26-2007, 01:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Someone stole my bikes out of my basement. It was an inside job inasmuch as they used two keys to get into the two doors leading to the basement. Police think it was the first floor tenant's new maid service.

Anyway, I made a claim with my insurance company who asked if I had some pics of the bikes stolen. I did because a week earlier I had taken some pics with my Pearl, while on two rides. I guess I sounded convincing about taking pics with the Pearl because they did not ask to see them.

Because I had replacement cost insurance, the carrier paid what it would take to replace the two bikes, as equipped and depicted in the Pearl pics. Settlement value was $4000.

IMHO my Pearl camera saved the day. If necessary, the Pearl pics would have proved I did indeed possess the two bikes. Plus I was able to remember all the equipment I had on them. [See below for a pic of one bike].

Guess the Pearl is worth 20 times more than what I paid for it.

Any of you have stories of when the Pearl camera saved your butt in one way or another? If so, would love to hear them.

Bonus Comment: On the news there are stories of victims of the forest fire taking place in South Lake Tahoe, California. Some said all they had time to do was gather their insurance policies, pics of property, etc.

That got me to thinking. One of the most difficult tasks in making an insurance claim is remembering all the stuff one has, so to put it on the claims form.

I am taking pics of all my stuff and making a small video of my place, including the closets. I will then put all this stuff on my Pearl's MicroSD chip.

I figure in a fire I will always be sure to take my cell phone. So at least I will have pics and the movie of my possessions, so when I make a claim I can recall what I have. You would be surprised how hard it is to recall what one owns. It took me about 15 minutes to go through the bikes' items, including when did I buy each accessory, what did I pay, and a description by name of what each item was. I can just imagine how many weeks it would take to go through a whole house.

ONE OF MY STOLEN BIKES

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free inventory software @ Know Your Stuff Home Inventory
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:04 AM   #3 (permalink)
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free inventory software @ Know Your Stuff Home Inventory
I have that program, it works quite well. What's good about that program you referred people to is that it is free. Competing products cost about $50! Thanks for posting.

My suggestion on the pics is because 1) it's easier for lazy people like me; and 2) pics help when making claims because for the carrier "seeing is believing."

Bonus Query: I wonder if I can put the inventory file on my Pearl's chip. Would be a cool backup. Oh wait, that takes work and I'd rather play video games. Never mind.

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It's a good idea to have photos of your valuables. I also keep receipts - scan them as well for proof when I buy important stuff.

I also encrypt the database / photos with truecrypt and back them up remotely as well.

Sorry to hear about your bikes by the way. Hope they catch whoever stole them.
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Very nice bike...glad you had the pic. Really hope the theif gets busted!
I think I will start taking a few pictures myself...
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Yep, an ex girlfriend was demanding to see me and I couldn't because I was out of the country. She didn't believe me until I got a mate to take a photo of me at the Golan Heights in Israel then emailed it to her.
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it is awesome how a camera phone can assist in daily life as well as in an emergency. I wish I could have a pearl but VZW does not carry it nor the curve, so I am still struggling without a camera. This is a good post, look forward to seeing more posts to this thread.
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Someone stole my bikes out of my basement. It was an inside job inasmuch as they used two keys to get into the two doors leading to the basement. Police think it was the first floor tenant's new maid service.

Anyway, I made a claim with my insurance company who asked if I had some pics of the bikes stolen. I did because a week earlier I had taken some pics with my Pearl, while on two rides. I guess I sounded convincing about taking pics with the Pearl because they did not ask to see them.

Because I had replacement cost insurance, the carrier paid what it would take to replace the two bikes, as equipped and depicted in the Pearl pics. Settlement value was $4000.

IMHO my Pearl camera saved the day. If necessary, the Pearl pics would have proved I did indeed possess the two bikes. Plus I was able to remember all the equipment I had on them. [See below for a pic of one bike].

Guess the Pearl is worth 20 times more than what I paid for it.

Any of you have stories of when the Pearl camera saved your butt in one way or another? If so, would love to hear them.

Bonus Comment: On the news there are stories of victims of the forest fire taking place in South Lake Tahoe, California. Some said all they had time to do was gather their insurance policies, pics of property, etc.

That got me to thinking. One of the most difficult tasks in making an insurance claim is remembering all the stuff one has, so to put it on the claims form.

I am taking pics of all my stuff and making a small video of my place, including the closets. I will then put all this stuff on my Pearl's MicroSD chip.

I figure in a fire I will always be sure to take my cell phone. So at least I will have pics and the movie of my possessions, so when I make a claim I can recall what I have. You would be surprised how hard it is to recall what one owns. It took me about 15 minutes to go through the bikes' items, including when did I buy each accessory, what did I pay, and a description by name of what each item was. I can just imagine how many weeks it would take to go through a whole house.

ONE OF MY STOLEN BIKES

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Beautiful bike!! Be sure to contact local bike shops in your area about the stolen bikes as well as pawn shops. Hopefully you have the bikes serial number!
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Yep, an ex girlfriend was demanding to see me and I couldn't because I was out of the country. She didn't believe me until I got a mate to take a photo of me at the Golan Heights in Israel then emailed it to her.
...which is why she's an ex?

I don't know that mine has saved my life yet (I also carry a digicam) but it does come in handy to share stupid stuff, which is always fun.
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Yep, an ex girlfriend was demanding to see me and I couldn't because I was out of the country. She didn't believe me until I got a mate to take a photo of me at the Golan Heights in Israel then emailed it to her.
Yep, good idea to keep various pictures of yourself photoshopped at different world-wide locations for moments just as that.
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Not really a life saving situation. But I use mine a lot for remembering things.

For example if my wife and I see a house for sale that we like. I use my pearl to take a pic of the sign in the front yard so I have the agent's name and website address.

When vacationing we would see a restaurant that looked interesting. We would take a pic of the sandwich board so we would have the phone number to make reservations later.

I have also used it on several occasions at the store to send my wife or friend pics so I can see if I am buying the "right thing".
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Yep, good idea to keep various pictures of yourself photoshopped at different world-wide locations for moments just as that.

LOL, I'm getting started now.
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I used mine to snap a picture of a damaged box from UPS. Later it played a roll in getting the insurance processed.
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is it just me?

everytime you mentioned your bikes in any thread, I always thought you were talking about a motorbike!!!!!

then when I finally get to see the pic of your bike, i was like.... lol...

sorry for your bike, really hope you will get it back.
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is it just me?

everytime you mentioned your bikes in any thread, I always thought you were talking about a motorbike!!!!!

then when I finally get to see the pic of your bike, i was like.... lol...

sorry for your bike, really hope you will get it back.
I dunno all the times I have mentioned bikes, but at times I could have been referring to my motorcycles. Most of the time when I mention bikes as in bicycles, I say "road bike."
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I use my pearl to take a pic of my lisence plate, so when I'm in a store and they say "there is a car with the lights on, its plate number is" I quickly fumble with my pearl until I find that picture, lol

Of course, I could memorize my plate number, but they keep changing on me..
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