Lost, found and stolen property
Reporting lost property
Rather than calling the police immediately, contact any places where you may have left it first, such as a bus depot or taxi company.
If you still can’t find your property, fill out a lost property form online. You’ll receive an email within 48 hours with your police reference number.
Only use this form if you:
- have an email address
- have lost no more than 10 items
- don’t need a report number immediately.
Otherwise call Policelink on 13 14 44.
If you think your property has been stolen and not lost, contact Policelink on 13 14 44.
Call Triple Zero (000) if the crime is happening now.
Stolen property list
After you have reported stolen property to Policelink, you can add further details to the stolen property list.
You need a current email address to use the online form.
If you find property that someone has obviously lost, take it to your local police station.
If you find goods or money, you can’t keep them. In fact, police can charge you for keeping goods or money you’ve found that you don’t hand in.
If you tell the police that you’ve found something of value, they may later return the goods to you if they can’t find the owner.
Property that someone has left with you
If someone leaves property with you, this is called bailment. Under the law of bailment, you must take reasonable care of the goods and not damage them or take them from the owner.
If you get rid of someone's property, you may be responsible to the owner for its value or even be charged with theft.
If the person refuses to take the property back, you’re still legally responsible for it unless you come to an agreement with the owner. In this situation, you should get legal advice.
Identifying your property
Property identification is useful when your property has been stolen, but also when you’ve lost it.
Find out how to mark your property.