How is found property handled by the Police?
- Locally: a member of the public who finds an item (the discoverer) attends a police station. They hand over the item and are given a receipt by the Police. The item will be stored at the local police station for 8 days.
- Nationally: after 8 days, if searches to trace the owner remain unsuccessful and/or if the discoverer desists, the item found will be transferred to the National found property service (Service national des objets trouvés - SNOT) for allocation and storage for a period of 3 years (if the value is greater than €200). If, during these 3 years, neither the owner nor the discoverer can be contacted, or if the owner or discoverer disclaims the object handed in, it will be allocated to the State Treasury (public sale).
Which unit should an owner contact for information if they have lost an item?
Anyone who loses an item can attend a police station to give a statement, preferably in the region where the loss occurred or was noticed. A certificate recording the loss will be handed to the declarant.
Can you report lost property at the e-Police Station?
In certain instances, lost property can also be reported online at the e-Police Station.