- Dubai Police earned $1 million by auctioning unclaimed items last November
- The Lost and Found department auctioned 5,500 lost items
- Among them were a $16,000 mobile phone, a jet ski and a kayak
- The revenue goes to the state treasury
Dubai Police’s Lost and Found Department earned Dh3.86 million ($1.05 million) by auctioning 5,500 unclaimed items last November.
Among the auctioned items were a Vertu mobile phone worth Dh60,000 ($16,336), a jet ski, a kayak and an electric generator.
“All Dubai Police stations receive lost and abandoned items, and keep them there for around a month so the owners can claim them. If no one claims such items, those are sent to the lost and found section at the Dubai Police Headquarters,” said Lt. Colonel Rashid Bin Safwan, Deputy Director at Lost and Found Department. All the items are logged and stored in a warehouse.
“When it reaches our department we check with other police departments across the UAE to ensure there were no lost item reports or if there are criminal cases involving these items.”
The department is governed by Law No. 5, 2015 which was passed under a decree by Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The law states that anyone who finds any lost and/or abandoned property, including money, is obliged to hand it over to the police within 48 hours, following which the police will issue a report. Failure to do so invites criminal liability.
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“We honor the people who deposit such items at the police stations. Most of lost items are handed over at the police stations by hotels, shopping malls and members of the public," Lt. Col. Bin Safwan said. He said the unclaimed items are auctioned and the revenue goes to the state treasury.
Among the items auctioned in November 2017 were 14,600 mobile phones, 1,679 tablets, 639 laptops, 1,217 cameras and 11,000 watches.
“If a person who lost an item had already left the country, we send him the item by mail after verifying their identity,” he added.
The department, he said, delivers lost items to their owners at their homes if they are special needs, sick or elderly.
“If a tourist loses an item, we dedicate a team to try to find it immediately, or sometimes send the item to his home country. Recently we shipped a bag containing important papers to a Saudi tourist in his home country."
Lost and abandoned items found by Dubai Police include marriage certificates, a jet ski, an electric generator, a kayak, a 60-inch TV in original packing, mobile phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, and watches.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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