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Lost and Found and Recovered Property                                                                                             

The SCPD Property Unit inspects all found items facilitating its return to the rightful owner. Lost property reports are reviewed and matched to those that are found. Found items are held by law in the Property Clerk's Room for 90 days. If the item is unclaimed, then the item maybe destroyed or sold at public auction.

Some Lost / Found and Recovered Property items will be shown on SCPD Pinterest, click here to view page.  https://www.pinterest.com/scpdproperty/ as well as on SCPD Instagram, click here to view that page.  https://instagram.com/scpdproperty/

If you believe any of these items belong to you, contact SCPD Property Unit: (831) 420-5900. You will be required to submit proof of ownership (case number, prior photo, receipt, etc.) to claim any property. After 60 days items may be purged or auctioned.

You can also file an online report for lost property, click here to file a report. 

Property Release hours are Tuesday and Thursday 12:30pm – 2:30pm (release hours are subject to change.)
Excluding City Holidays

SCPD Property (831) 420-5900
scpdproperty@cityofsantacruz.com
155 Center Street – Property

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do when I lose an item?
You can make a report at your local police station or call the non-emergency line (831) 471-1131. You can also file an online report for lost property by clicking here.   Notify all your credit card companies, banks, cell phone carrier, etc. 

What can I do besides contacting the police?
Try to retrace your steps from the last time you saw your item. If you were in a public place like a restaurant, store, etc., ask the employees if they found any items that match your property description.  You can also check Craigslist to see if your item(s) have been listed.

Can I check the pawnshops for my lost item?
When someone pawns an item, they are getting a loan for 4 months. During that time, the pawnshops are prohibited to display the item. If someone sells the item outright to the pawnshop, the pawnshop is required by law to wait 30 days before releasing it for display.

How can I help the police locate my item if it was pawned?
Pawnshops are required by law to submit a copy of every transaction. It is important that you have a complete description of your item including serial number when reporting it lost to the police.

How can I claim an item?
Contact the SCPD Lost & Found Property at 831-420-5900  or scpdproperty@cityofsantacruz.com

Where can I get information on auctioned items?
You can go to the auction website at: www.propertyroom.com 
Propertyroom.com works with over 3,000 law enforcement agencies and municipalities nationwide to help auction their seized, stolen, abandoned and surplus goods.