26 August 2011
Press release

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.

You can vote for the strangest item now at: https://www.facebook.com/acronis.home.products

Notes to editors:

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

About Acronis:

Acronis is a global cyber protection company that provides natively integrated cybersecurity, data protection, and endpoint management for managed service providers (MSPs), small and medium businesses (SMBs), and enterprise IT departments. Acronis solutions are highly efficient and designed to identify, prevent, detect, respond, remediate, and recover from modern cyberthreats with minimal downtime, ensuring data integrity and business continuity. Acronis offers the most comprehensive security solution on the market for MSPs with its unique ability to meet the needs of diverse and distributed IT environments.

A Swiss company founded in Singapore in 2003, Acronis has 15 offices worldwide and employees in 50+ countries. Acronis Cyber Protect is available in 26 languages in 150 countries and is used by over 20,000 service providers to protect over 750,000 businesses. Learn more at www.acronis.com.
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