Property & Evidence Branch

The Hamilton Police Service Property & Evidence Branch is responsible for the cataloguing, storage and handling of all exhibits and found property collected by members of the police organization.

Frequently Asked Questions

Recovered Lost or Stolen Property

Please ensure that you have filed a Lost or Stolen Property report with the police.  This makes it much easier for us to match recovered property to found items through various comparisons and queries.  Occasionally, items may be recovered months or even years after being reported stolen.  Having a report on file can assist us to identify the rightful owner.

To claim property eligible for return, you may contact our Property & Evidence Branch at (905) 546-4734, or by attending our office in person with proper photo identification.  Our office is located at Central Police Station, 155 King William St., Hamilton.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.  The Branch is closed on weekends and all statutory/civic holidays.

NOTE:  the pickup of firearms is done by appointment only.  To arrange a date and time, call the Firearms Clerk directly at (905) 546-4733.

Items of property are released only to the legal owner of the item(s), or their authorized designate.  In most cases you will be receive notification by mail that we have property for you awaiting pickup.

Property Seized as Evidence

When property is being held as evidence in a criminal case, it may not be eligible or available for release.  Items seized as evidence will not be released to the public without the prior written consent of the officer in charge.

The personal property of persons that have been arrested and detained in custody will be held for 90 days from the date of receipt.  It is the responsibility of the owner (or their authorized designate) to make arrangements with the Property & Evidence to claim this property within this 90-day period.  Failure to do so will result in the disposal of the property.  In most cases, prisoner property is released to the owner directly upon release from temporary police custody.

Yes.  An authorized designate may pick up your property as long as there is a prior arrangement in place with the Property & Evidence Branch.  That person must also present acceptable personal identification.

The owner (or their authorized designate) must bring two pieces of personal identification, one of which must include his/her name and date of birth and a photo.  If a designate is attending in place of the owner, they must bring a document from the legal owner giving their authority for the designate to act in their place.  (Note that parents/legal guardians may pick up property for their minor children without this letter of authority.)  We will also accept a letter indicating Power of Attorney for the owner.  (Note that Power of Medical Attorney alone is not sufficient for the release of property.)

The Property & Evidence Branch is located at Central Police Station, 155 King William St., Hamilton.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.  The Branch is closed on weekends and all statutory/civic holidays.  Pickup is not available from anywhere other than this centralized office.

Found property is held for 90 days, with the exception of bicycles which are held for 30 days, while the police and Property staff attempt to locate and notify owners.  If an owner is identified, a letter will be sent advising of the recovery, and that they have 30 days to claim the property.

Items that remain unclaimed after this time, or for which an owner cannot be determined, may be auctioned, destroyed, or returned to the finder once the holding period has expired.  Certain found property may be claimed by the person that found and turned it in to the police if an owner cannot be located.  These items are limited to jewellery and cash only.

The Hamilton Police Service has joined with several other police agencies in the province and moved our auctions onto web-based bidding.

Click here to be taken directly to the on-line auction.

Notify us immediately.   If the item is still available for bid, we will contact the auctioneer and have them withdraw the item while we follow up with you.  It will certainly help us to verify ownership if you had previously filed a Lost or Stolen Property report.  It allows us to confirm when and how the property in question originally came into police possession, as well as certain details that may help identify the item as yours.

Hours of Operation/Location

The Property & Evidence Branch is located at Central Police Station, 155 King William St., Hamilton.  Branch operating hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm.  We are closed weekends, and on all statutory and civil holidays.

For more information, contact:

Property – General Inquiries

Property – Firearms

(905) 546-4734

(905) 546-4733