Police Lose Lost Property - Now you need to report it somewhere else




Bedfordshire Police have joined other police forces nationwide. Now they will not accept reports of lost property, and they will accept only certain types of found item.

The changes took place nationally at the start of  February after the Chief Constables’ Council agreed it as a way of reducing non-essential demand and the associated costs and bureaucracy generated for call centres and front counters.

The police service has traditionally accepted the responsibility of recording lost and found property, despite there being no statutory duty to maintain a system of recording non-evidential property.

Found items dealt with by police will reduce and a consistent approach will be adopted across the country. This will help reduce call volumes and remove an unnecessary burden on policing.

Jay Khan, Bedfordshire Police's enquiry office manager, said: “As with any change to a long-standing convention, it will take time for people to get used to this new way of working.

“There are now many ways of receiving the same service online and information and guidance will be available on our website. These changes will result in a significant saving for forces in terms of time and money, allowing us to concentrate on the issues most important to people.

“For found items, we no longer accept, with some exceptions, the finder will be encouraged to retain the property. They are under no legal obligation to hand in the property providing they have made a reasonable attempt to return it to the owner.”

Lost items


Any loss can be reported online at sites including:

Lostbox

Immobilise

Report My Loss (for an insurance report)

Bike Register for bicycles, register and report.

Report UK Passports

Details of losses reported via these methods are made available to police forces across the UK.

If you have lost property in a public place/premises or on public transport, contact the location or service provider directly.

Found items

The Police will accept

  • items capable of containing data e.g mobile phones and computers.
  • Cash and wallets that are identifiable
  • Unidentifiable cash
  • Identity and personal documents


The Police will not accept:

  • Bicycles
  • Personal but unidentifiable items
  • Clothing
  • Keys
  • Jewellery

If you find any of the non-accepted items, with some exceptions, the finder can retain the property. They are under no legal obligation to hand in the property providing they have made a reasonable attempt to return it to the owner. If you find any of the non-accepted items, you can always send a photo and brief information to News Desk, and we'll do our best to post it promptly to our Facebook Page.

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