Q247: Can I claim a mobile phone I found if it was not collected?
In a bid to ease pressure on resources, the police are no longer able to assist with general lost and found property. Most Police forces in England and Wales can only accept certain found items, including:
- Items which contain personal data (mobile phones, tablets, laptops etc.)
- Illicit items (weapons, ammunition, drugs)
- Significant amounts of cash
- Items of high value (such as wedding rings)
As a mobile phone could contain personal data about its owner, the police are unable to pass it onto the finder.