Property goes unclaimed

Sgt Roy George, Acting Snr Sgt Gavin Kerber and Acting Inspector Ash Goy with stolen items waiting to be claimed.
Sgt Roy George, Acting Snr Sgt Gavin Kerber and Acting Inspector Ash Goy with stolen items waiting to be claimed.

The storage room at Kensington police station has many items including bikes, jewellery and work tools.

Kensington Acting Senior Sergeant Gavin Kerber said while there was a range of items, pushbikes were the main item going uncollected because there was no definitive way of identifying them.

‘We get about one bike a day and have heaps, they are always going off to the auction because nobody engraves them. We also have some high quality tools, about $5000 worth in one tool bag,’ he said.

Items come to the police station in a number of ways including people finding them and through police investigations.

Acting Snr Sgt Kerber said people need to have a clear way of identifying their belongings and suggested engraving them with a driver’s licence number and making note of any serial numbers.

‘It doesn’t just help us but it also helps places like pawn shops to avoid buying and selling stolen items,’ he said.

– Report lost property online at police.wa.gov.au