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Old 17th Apr 2021, 19:02
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Lost property UK - you're doomed.

You know when you lose something, an item of jewelry say, the obvious thing to do is to report the loss to the police so a) it might get returned if someone honest finds it and hands it in and b) you have a reference number to substantiate your claim with your insurance company if they don't.

WRONG!

I know this after I tried to report finding an item yesterday, while out walking locally. When I got home I searched for "lost property at local police station" and a page opened with boxes to tick for Item found or Item lost. Clicking "Item found" opened another page with four choices, I forget the options but this caused another page with more options.......... When I got to the end it basically advised that I should try to find the property owner by advertising in local papers, shop windows and community noticeboards etc.

Unbelievable.

I am not a jewelry expert so I have no idea of the value of the find but if you have lost a hallmarked item near to here then let me know what it is, where you might have lost it and what it might be inscribed with I have it here for you.

Good luck.

Rans6................
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Old 17th Apr 2021, 19:17
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Try joining the Nextdoor website - you will be part of your wider neighbourhood and may find somebody on there has reported losing it. Otherwise put up a post with some basic details...

It's a bit like PPRuNe without the aeroplanes - except for people enquiring what the bloody police helicopter was doing at 3am this morning...

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Old 17th Apr 2021, 19:23
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Originally Posted by rans6andrew View Post
You know when you lose something, an item of jewelry say, the obvious thing to do is to report the loss to the police so a) it might get returned if someone honest finds it and hands it in and b) you have a reference number to substantiate your claim with your insurance company if they don't.

WRONG!

I know this after I tried to report finding an item yesterday, while out walking locally. When I got home I searched for "lost property at local police station" and a page opened with boxes to tick for Item found or Item lost. Clicking "Item found" opened another page with four choices, I forget the options but this caused another page with more options.......... When I got to the end it basically advised that I should try to find the property owner by advertising in local papers, shop windows and community noticeboards etc.

Unbelievable.

I am not a jewelry expert so I have no idea of the value of the find but if you have lost a hallmarked item near to here then let me know what it is, where you might have lost it and what it might be inscribed with I have it here for you.

Good luck.

Rans6................
Whilst the person who lost the item is almost certainly a pruner and here on Jet Blast, maybe a good idea to also advertise the item as found in local rag, community notice board, shop windows etc. 🤓
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Old 17th Apr 2021, 19:40
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Maybe things are still a bit more traditional in Scotland! Not that long ago we were walking with friends at Stonehaven beach. Getting back to the car, friends could not find their bunch of car/house keys. Assuming they must have dropped them somewhere, walked up the street to the local police station - picked up the keys, that had already been handed in there.
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Old 17th Apr 2021, 19:52
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If you hand items of value into the police after a period of time of being unclaimed I believe they become yours, if you do not hand them in could it then be construed as theft? Also is the onus then on you to prove you advertised finding them.
After all there is advertising and advertising where the looser may or may not see it. How do you then become the legal owner as in reporting to the police.
I can see you on the Antiques Roadshow getting a huge valuation and telling them you found them on the street, I would imagine a knock on the door shortly after.
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Old 17th Apr 2021, 22:38
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We live at the top of a long hill on a country lane and a stranger knocked on our door late one night having an asthma attack. He appeared so poorly and scared I soon called an ambulance. They turned up and took.him away and he asked if he could leave his (pretty ropey looking) bicycle behind our front garden hedge, for collection later in the week. I agreed, and he never came back for it.
I spoke to the police on the phone about two months after it had been left, in case it had been stolen and they said they didn't want to take it as lost property. I solved this by driving down to the neaest police station with it, explaining that it didn't belong to me and leaving it leaning against their reception desk.
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Old 17th Apr 2021, 22:48
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Just go to the Police Station AND HAND IT IN,as I assume you are an honest person....it may have already been reported lost,or stolen....
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Old 17th Apr 2021, 23:23
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Facebook usually has local forums. Put it on one or two and ask them to Share. Most stuff around here like car keys etc., gets found.
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Old 18th Apr 2021, 02:50
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Heck, probably millions read this forum, so post a picture of the items with no other info other than "can anybody identify this? "

The person who has actually lost one will then reply with an identity and a sob story of how he lost one. Presto, you become a hero or worse depending on your response
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Old 18th Apr 2021, 04:16
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" but if you have lost a hallmarked item near to here"

Location : Berkshire. County Area 1262 sq,Km

Some bad news I'm afraid....it may take some time to locate you.

However, to salve your conscience, just bung it on Gumtree !.....should be gone within about 10 mins of the advert appearing.


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Old 18th Apr 2021, 07:15
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Just tried to find out how that is handled here in Germany, and yes, we do love bureaucracy, so of course lost property is governed by laws and we do have provisions for that. But of course, they do differ based on local conditions. In my town lost property can be handed to every citizens office (Bürgeramt), or to the police if quite valuable, or directly to the central lost property office where it will eventually wind up anyway (situated in the terminal building of a former airport). Everything with a value below €10 does not matter though. The lost property office will keep the item for 6 months, after which the finder can claim it as its own and retrieve it from the office, he will be informed before that time is up. If the owner claims back the item, the finder has the right to demand a finder's fees, which is 5% of the value of the item up to a value of the item of €500, or 3% for everything above that value. And of course, to make it simpler, the finder can simply inform the lost property value that he wants to get his finder's fee and give the office their bank detail, in that case the office will claim it on the finder's behalf and wire the amount into his account. Quite surprising, they even have an online search form for lost property.

Honestly didn't know about it, funny what you learn if you look for something
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Old 18th Apr 2021, 09:21
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Originally Posted by sycamore View Post
Just go to the Police Station AND HAND IT IN,as I assume you are an honest person....it may have already been reported lost,or stolen....
Easier said than done, as a lot of local police stations have been closed down. To return something these days usually involves a fair bit of effort.
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Old 18th Apr 2021, 09:45
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My village has a group on FB. It’s active on a daily basis, lost and found items are regularly posted on there and there seems to be quite a lot of success with stuff being returned to its rightful owner. At the moment there are notifications for a found piece of jewellery and a chicken (!) plus one for a lost cat.

Probably a better option than handing items in to the police station, for example our local “lockup” seems to have quietly been locked up for good and the car park has been sold! The main one is twenty five minutes drive away.
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Old 18th Apr 2021, 10:25
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Originally Posted by ShyTorque View Post
My village has a group on FB. It’s active on a daily basis, lost and found items are regularly posted on there and there seems to be quite a lot of success with stuff being returned to its rightful owner. At the moment there are notifications for a found piece of jewellery and a chicken (!) plus one for a lost cat.

Probably a better option than handing items in to the police station, for example our local “lockup” seems to have quietly been locked up for good and the car park has been sold! The main one is twenty five minutes drive away.
Local Police Station? Oh yes, I remember them. Ours closed a while ago now, all boarded up. Nearest now is about a quarter hour drive away. It is called progress.
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Old 18th Apr 2021, 10:56
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Found a set of keys on the train on seat in front of me on the way to work very early in the morning. I assumed the keys fell out of the pocket of a senior tradesman as the keys looked like they were for special building locks that I came across the first time I started my working career. I handed them in at the lost-and-found at the train station at lunchtime when I had the free time. This a) aroused suspicion because of the delay b) caused extra paper work but I persisted. Didn't hear anything of it.

A few years earlier, I boarded a train on the way back to my hotel after killing some time at the harbour before my flight back home. In the seat opposite me was a businessman on the phone in an intense conversation who hadn't realised he had reached the end of the line. When it finally clicked he got up and left the carriage still on the phone, he left behind on the seat a key chain with about 50 keys. My first reaction was this is going to hurt, but at the risk of the train departing without me I grabbed the keys and chased him down the platform of which he was so grateful. Later when I boarded my flight I was unexpectedly bumped up to business class, I can only assume it was related.
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Old 18th Apr 2021, 11:03
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Originally Posted by treadigraph View Post
Try joining the Nextdoor website - you will be part of your wider neighbourhood and may find somebody on there has reported losing it.
The problem with Nextdoor is that you have to provide your full contact details such as address, phone number and e-mail and from reading some of the online reviews, this leaves you wide open to having those details added to mailing lists and being obtained by scammers:
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Old 18th Apr 2021, 11:10
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Find very little but one that springs to mind was a Cocker Spaniel, running wild with no sign of the owner. Managed to trick it with treats and got a hold of it, On the collar was a name, no address or phone Number
Put our dogs lead on and took it round the park, no one recognised or seen actively looking.
In the days of police Stations popped in and reported. the suggestion was to try the local vet and see if they recognised the dog name. No joy but when scanned these was a chip.
This confirmed owners name and address and vet called them. They were so surprised as they had let the dog out at night and vanished from a town 40miles away..!!.
So possibly stolen but managed to escape.
I refused (at first) their offer of a bottle of Scotch...

Moral of the story is not to assume Police is the correct course of action but to try other sources as suggested local Facebook.
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Old 18th Apr 2021, 12:33
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Got on a bus a few years ago and went to sit where an elderly guy just getting off had been sitting. There's his wallet bulging with bank notes... steamed down the front of the bus and eventually managed to persuade the driver to stop again and open the doors: "Oi!" and beckoned. Fortunately he heard me and came down to find out what the problem was: "Oh my goodness gracious!"

Saw another stuffed wallet fall out of a bloke's back pocket on a bus, landed with a right thump - he didn't notice at all till we other passengers pointed it out. Less sympathetic with him as he was a bit of a Cockney geezer...
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Old 18th Apr 2021, 13:00
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Originally Posted by cattletruck View Post
. Later when I boarded my flight I was unexpectedly bumped up to business class, I can only assume it was related.
That’s Karma. What goes around, comes around.
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Old 18th Apr 2021, 14:05
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The problem with Nextdoor is that you have to provide your full contact details such as address, phone number and e-mail
I think the problem with the internet in general is that you DON'T have to provide that sort of information
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