What should I do with property I have found?
Property that should be reported / handed in to the Police for recording and retention:
- Firearms, Shotguns, Ammunition and Explosives
- Poisons, Toxins, Chemicals
This category of items should not be retained by the finder / member of the public under any circumstances, and should be handed in to a Police station.
If you believe that the item is too dangerous to handle, or poses a risk to yourself or members of the public, please report it to the police immediately.
- Computers, Laptops, Cameras, Smart Mobile ‘Phones or anything with an internal data memory
- Documents containing personal information e.g. passports, ID cards, birth/marriage certificates, driving licences etc.
These items cannot be retained by the finder or members of the public under any circumstances, as they could contain personal or sensitive information.
Please hand in to a police station or a Police Officer/Police Community Support Officer as soon as possible.
- Cash and Jewellery
Please hand in to a police station or a Police Officer/Police Community Support Officer as soon as possible. If these are not claimed within 28 days they can usually be claimed by the finder.
Property that should not be retained by the public, and should be reported to other organisations:
• Bank Cards / Cheque books
If you find a bankcard please follow the instructions on the back of the card / cheque book or return to the issuing bank/building society.
• Prescribed Medication or Drugs
If you find prescription medication/drugs please make reasonable enquiries which could include asking people nearby, or in nearby premises. If still unidentified then please take to the nearest hospital, GP surgery, pharmacy or police station so that they may be safely destroyed.
Property that does not need to be reported:
We do not normally take receipt of bicycles, however if the finder believes that it may stolen or linked to a crime, for example it is new, then it can be reported to us.
• Unidentifiable Low Value Items
There is no need to submit found property reports to the Police for unidentifiable low value items, including luggage, empty purses, empty wallets, umbrellas, spectacles, used or soiled clothing, perishable goods, rubbish, or similar.
It is highly unlikely that the loser of any such unidentifiable low value item will approach the Police to find the lost item of property, and therefore we do not take receipt of these.