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Advice to Property Owners

Whenever possible record the serial number of appliances, televisions, radios, compact disk players, etc. in a safe, secure location so that in case your property is stolen you can provide the serial number to a detective. Please remember that there are thousands of items stolen each year and even though we may recover your property we will not be able to identify it as your stolen property unless you can provide the serial number.

Photographing or video taping your property can aid in your insurance claims as well as returning your property. Jewelry and other valuables can be identified using photographs but without a picture it can be very difficult to identify pieces of jewelry.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where are police auctions of property conducted?

A: The Los Angeles Police Department contracts with to conduct the internet auction of police property. The auctions typically include bicycles, radios, jewelry, and other valuable items that could not be returned to the owner.

For future reference:
3351 Camino Mira Costa, Suite C
San Clemente, CA 92672

Q: Does the Los Angeles Police Department have a lost and found section?

A: The Los Angeles Police Department does not have a "Lost and Found." Found property is put into the Property System and remains there for 90 days, after which it is disposed of in the manner prescribed by law. Found property can be indexed by the owner's name if it is known, but can also be indexed to a finder or Department employee. Questions regarding lost property are best addressed to the Police Division closest to the site of the loss.