There are certain steps you need to take if you have lost or found something in a public place.
Here's our advice:
Property lost in a public place
If you've lost something, we recommend you always retrace your steps and make enquiries in the area it may have been misplaced. You do not need to report a lost item to police. We only need to know if you believe the item was stolen.
Dyfed-Powys Police DO NOT take reports of certain lost property and will not issue lost property reference numbers. There is no statutory duty to record lost and found property. You are advised to send the standard "Insurance Notice Letter" to you insurer as confirmation of Dyfed-Powys Police policy in respect of lost property reporting.
Should you lose any items that are considered hazardous such as Firearms, Shotguns, Ammunition, Explosives, Poisons, Toxins or Chemicals - you should report it to Dyfed-Powys Police IMMEDIATELY by contacting 101.
You should call 101 if you have lost items that do not have a serial number but have a high monetary value (over £500) or sentimental items e.g. Heirlooms.
Property found in a public place
If you find any of these items, call 101 immediately or visit your nearest police station:
- Mobile Telephones
- MP3 Players
- Identifiable Cash (within wallets)
- Firearms, Shotguns or Ammunition and Explosives
- Chemicals, Toxins or Poisons.
- High Value Jewellery and Possessions (i.e heirlooms)
- Unidentifiable Cash in excess of £500 or £1000 (for POCA)
- Drugs and Medicines
- Items suspected of being involved in crimes
If you have found any items not listed above, you have a legal responsibility to make reasonable efforts to find the owner. You could make enquiries in nearby amenities, place an advert in the local newspapers or perhaps use social media.
If you find items like driving licences, birth/death/marriage certificates or UK passports, report them to the authority that issued them. For example, contact the DVLA about a found driving licence.
What to do with specific items
Any other queries
For all other lost/found items or if in any doubt, please telephone us on 101 or visit your local police station.