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.
Property found in a public place
If you find any of these items, call 101 immediately or visit your nearest police station:
- Items you believe may be linked to a crime
- Non-UK passports
- Illegal drugs/unidentifiable substances or other items that may pose a danger or harm to others
- Pornographic material
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.