Police front counters

MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Once police front counters are cut back further, where should someone go to report lost property they have found in the street, forĀ  example a bunch of keys or a wallet?


Answer for Police front counters

Answer for Police front counters

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Managing property lost and found in a public place is not and has never been a core policing responsibility. This should therefore not be linked to the number of MPS front counters.

In 2014, the MPS introduced a new approach to lost & found property, replacing previous arrangements were that were ineffective, inefficient and costly to provide. The majority of property brought into police stations was not identifiable and therefore never reunited with an owner. Since 2014, the MPS has not accepted items of found property save in certain circumstances, for example if an item is hazardous or identifiable through serial number.

In many cases, finders of found property can discharge any legal responsibilities by making their own local enquiries to trace the owner or directly return the item to any issuing agency in the case of official documents (e.g. driving licences, bank cards). There is also no requirement to report lost property to the police for the purpose of an insurance claim.

The MPS has a dedicated lost and found property webpage which provides guidance to people who have lost or found items, including signposting to agencies better placed to deal where appropriate.