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Lost & Found

When you lose or come across a lost item, placing a lost & found ad online is an affordable option. These ads are posted 24 hours a day and are accessible by anyone in the local area. There are a few things to consider when creating an effective ad.

Essentials of a Good Lost Ad

The lost or ""missing"" ad is great when asking for the return of an item or pet, and it can even help in finding missing persons. Always start with the words lost or missing followed by the item in question. This headline makes it easy for anyone scanning the lost & found pages to know immediately what you are asking for. In the ad, include a brief but detailed description of the missing item or person. If there are any unique identifying characteristics include these too. Remember to list where you last saw the missing person, pet or item. Provide a phone number or email address for people to get in touch. You might want to avoid listing your address for privacy reasons. If you are offering a reward, list the amount. Be careful of offering large rewards that may draw false leads, fakes or even potential threats.

Essentials of a Good Found Ad

Placing a found ad in the paper or online is extremely helpful, especially if the owner neglected to put up a lost ad. When placing a found ad for valuable property or pets, you need to be more careful in the description. Try to be vague about the value of a found object or pet. The real owner will know how much it is worth, but false respondents may be more interested than necessary. Do list what the object is or the type of pet, such as a dog or cat, and a general description. Keep a couple of details about the item to yourself to help you determine the real owner from numerous potential respondents. List only that you found such item or pet, and provide a picture if possible. At the end, list your email or a phone number to call. Also, avoid listing your address for privacy reasons.

Placing lost & found ads in South Africa require an ability to get to the point, list pertinent details, and decide what to hold back. Online ads are great options for spreading the word about a missing or found object without a lot of cost.