A website, HertsReunited, to
help reunite members of the public with their lost and stolen
property, was launched in January 2015 by the Police
and Crime Commissioner for Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire
The website features photos of found and recovered items, as well
as a facility for people to report their lost property.
The Police and Crime Commissioner, David Lloyd, said: “I asked for
HertsReunited to be created in order to make it possible for people
in Hertfordshire to find their lost or stolen property much more
“If someone has had something stolen – or they want to report a
lost possession or something they have found – then this website is
a one-stop-shop to help reunite them with their property.
“Although crime is low in the county, being the victim of a
burglary, robbery or theft – or even just losing a valued
possession by mistake – can be a very distressing experience.
“I pledged in my Police and Crime Plan for Hertfordshire that more
should be done to ensure that lost or stolen property is reunited
with its rightful owners. HertsReunited is here to help meet
The Constabulary takes temporary possession of property which is
suspected to have been stolen, but the Force is sometimes unable to
locate its true owner. Likewise, often the Force is made
aware of property which has been found in Hertfordshire, but the
owner is unknown. Users of the website can now record items that
they have lost or found and search the website to see if
Hertfordshire Constabulary is holding their stolen or lost
Items will be advertised on the website by Hertfordshire
Constabulary for around 30 days or an appropriate period until the
true owner is identified.
The website is controlled and managed through the current Property
Management System (PMS) used by the Force.
Inspector Jeff Scott said: “The HertsReunited website increases our
opportunity to reunite people with missing and stolen property with
both descriptive information and images of the items.
“As well as the facility for the public to report and claim lost
and found property, our keen interest is in identifying the
rightful owners of property that the police have seized and that we
suspect is stolen. This will help ensure that offenders are brought
to justice for their crimes.”
Where found property is reported to police through HertsReunited
and the finder stores it for safe keeping, there may be
circumstances where that person can claim to keep the item, if the
owner does not come forward.
Found property handed into the police station that remains
unclaimed is likely to have to be disposed of, but each case will
be taken on its own individual merits. For example, police
provide a number of old and damaged bicycles to charitable projects
for refurbishment. Some property is disposed through auction
and the funds recouped to support crime reduction. Police
also recycle property which has no value or is damaged.
Inspector Scott added: “Strenuous effort is made by the police to
reunite property with the owner. For example, a camera was
handed into police with no identification of its owner.
Examination of photographs on it revealed a picture of a dog which
was expanded and police were able to read the address tag on the
dog collar and the owner contacted. However, some items prove
impossible to identify the owners but we know that they could have
sentimental, as well as monetary, value. HertsReunited gives
us a much better chance to get property back to their rightful
Andy Higgs, Customer Services
Project Manager for KIM Software Solutions, said: "KIM Software
Solutions ( www.kimsp.com) is a
Hertfordshire-based company with a long history of working with
Police and Fire Services in the UK.
"To develop the HertsReunited system, we worked closely with
Hertfordshire Police and built upon an already-strong relationship
gained through the supply of the KIM Software Property Management
System – the most widely used stand-alone property management
system in UK policing.
"The system utilises new technology for this kind of application
which allows for the secure collection and movement of data between
police systems and the public, offering the potential to completely
change the way that the public interact with the Police. The
HertsReunited project is on track to achieve all of its aims,
providing a better service to the people of Hertfordshire while
reducing the costs and resources needed to supply this
You can visit the HertsReunited website at www.hertsreunited.co.uk.