Your guide to property found in a public place
In all cases you should make reasonable enquiries to trace the owner
For unidentifiable or low value property, such as : -
- Empty handbags / bags / cases / wallets / purses
- Used clothing / soiled clothing
- Perishable goods
- Umbrellas / spectacles / sunglasses etc.
You should : -
- Make reasonable enquiries which could include asking people nearby, consider enquiries in nearby premises or leave a note with your details.
- If still unidentified then there is nothing more the Police can do and you should dispose of the property.
Higher value property
The following list of items should be handed in to a Police Station or direct to a Police Officer / Police Community Support Officer or at a Police Help Desk, so we can trace the owner or otherwise deal with them safely : -
- Mobile telephones/tablet computers
- High value jewellery and possessions
- MP3 players
- High value bicycles
Firearms / dangerous items
- Firearms / shotguns or ammunition
- Explosives, chemicals, toxins or poisons
- Drugs or medicines
Any other items not covered elsewhere
If safe to do so, hand in to a Police Station or direct to a Police Officer / Police Community Support Officer or at Police Help Desk so we can trace the owner or otherwise deal with them safely.
Do not attempt to handle dangerous items!
Report to a member of staff IMMEDIATELY.
Other found property
- Bank cards
- Identity cards
- Personal documentation (e.g. bank statements, benefit books)
Follow the instructions on the back of the bank card, identity card or other document.
- Birth certificate
- Marriage certificate
- Death certificate
The General Register Office ask that you destroy the item to prevent fraudulent use. Find out more at www.gro.gov.uk/
- British passports
Please cancel the passport by cutting off the top corner and then go to www.gov.uk/government/publications/found-passport to read what to do next
- Foreign passports, driving licences and other identity documents.
Return to the embassy of the issuing country.
- UK driving licences
If you have found a UK driving licence, please return it to the DVLA.
Please post the driving licence to: