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Dead stuffed monkey tops poll of strange items left in european taxis

 Summer survey in Paris, London and Amsterdam reveals what people get up to in the back of cabs

London, UK., 26 August 2011 – A snake, a dead stuffed monkey, €4,000 in cash, a naked woman and a gallon of diesel are just some of the strange objects that can be found lurking in European taxi drivers’ cars.

Data backup specialist Acronis interviewed over 250 taxi drivers in London, Paris and Amsterdam to find out the weirdest items that have ever been left in their cabs. Alongside these extraordinary items, people also regularly leave items from the illegal to the mundane, including condoms, drugs and sex toys, as well as coats and umbrellas.

Top 5 strangest items: London

  • Dead, stuffed monkey
  • Drunken man’s sleeping wife
  • Gallon of diesel
  • Police man’s helmet
  • Bag of cement

Top 5 strangest items: Amsterdam

  • €4000 in notes
  • Black karate belt
  • Cocaine
  • Pram
  • Bin bag of rubbish

Top 5 strangest items: Paris

  • Snake
  • A woman who got in the taxi with clothes on and left without them
  • Pressure cooker
  • Walkie talkie
  • Women’s lingerie

“It can be a real challenge to recover personal belongings lost in the back of a cab, especially stuff like laptops and mobile phones which hold confidential and important personal data.  Londoners and tourists don’t just need to keep their wits about them on the streets or in the back of a taxi, they should make sure all their personal data is also backed up safely at home or online,” explains David Blackman, General Manager, Northern Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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Notes to editors:

All items were returned to their owners where possible. The survey was carried out in August 2011. 

About Acronis:

Acronis unifies data protection and cybersecurity to deliver integrated, automated cyber protection that solves the safety, accessibility, privacy, authenticity, and security (SAPAS) challenges of the modern digital world. With flexible deployment models that fit the demands of service providers and IT professionals, Acronis provides superior cyber protection for data, applications, and systems with innovative next-generation antivirus, backup, disaster recovery, and endpoint protection management solutions. With award-winning AI-based antimalware and blockchain-based data authentication technologies, Acronis protects any environment - from cloud to hybrid to on-premises - at a low and predictable cost.

Founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland in 2008, Acronis now has more than 1,500 employees in 33 locations in 18 countries. Its solutions are trusted by more than 5.5 million home users and 500,000 companies, including 100% of the Fortune 1000, and top-tier professional sports teams. Acronis products are available through 50,000 partners and service providers in over 150 countries in more than 40 languages.

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