A Burnley old boy has invented an online tool to help beat burglars – and is back home looking for new staff.
Former Gawthorpe High School student John Sothern was the victim of a burglary at his home in Chester recently in which three laptops were stolen.
Frustrated by the “three hour window” police informed him was the optimal time to catch such criminals, John set about devising an online tool to check if an item has been stolen.
Serial Checker works by giving a unique serial number to each valuable item in a house. If it’s taken to a pawn shop or second-hand shop, it can then be checked on a database.
John said: “I called the police following the burglary who told me there was an optimum three hour window. Unfortunately it took them six hours to come. There has been a growth in second-hand and pawn shops in recent years because of the economic situation, so I thought there should be a system where shop owners can check if an item has been stolen. I was amazed to discover there wasn’t.”
John (44) who previously worked in America for five years as a business analyst, has been busy touting Serial Checker to shops around Cheshire and has recently returned to Burnley to do the same.
He is looking to employ up to 15 people from this area to work as database inputters, sales and business development. Visit www.serialchecker.yolasite.com