How to Collect Your Property
Frequently Asked Questions:
Hamilton Police Services’ Property & Evidence Branch is responsible for the cataloguing, storage and handling of all exhibits and found property collected by members of the police organization
1. How do I get my property back?
You may contact the Hamilton Police Services’ Property & Evidence Branch at (905) 546-4734 or by attending our office with proper photo identification. We are located at Central Station, 155 King William St., Hamilton.
Property is released only to the legal owner of the property or their designate.
If property is being held as evidence in a criminal case, it may not be available for release. Also, evidence will not be released to the public, by the Property Branch, without prior written consent from the officer in charge.
The personal property of prisoners received by the Hamilton Police Service is held 90 days from the date of receipt of the property. It is the responsibility of the owner (or designate) to make arrangements with Property & Evidence Branch for the property’s release within this 90-day period. Failure to do so will result in the disposal of the property by the Police Service.
2. Can someone else pick up my property for me?
Yes. A designate may pick up your property as long as it is arranged prior with the Property & Evidence Branch.
3. What do I need to bring with me to collect my property?
The person collecting the property must bring appropriate identification that includes his or her name and date of birth.
4. Where do I pick up my property?
You will collect your property at 155 King William St., Hamilton unless advised otherwise.
5. What happens to property if it’s not claimed?
Found property is held for 90 days, with the exception of bicycles which are held for 30 days, while the police and Property & Evidence Branch staff attempt to locate and notify owners. If an owner is identified, a letter will be sent advising the owner that they have 30 days to claim the property.
If the property is not picked-up during this period, it may be auctioned, destroyed or returned to the finder once the holding period has expired. Some found property may be claimed by finders, when the owner cannot be located. These items are limited to jewellery and cash only.
6. How are auctions conducted?
In conjunction with Police Auctions Canada, the Hamilton Police Service has joined with several other Police Services to move our auctions onto web-based bidding.
Click here to be taken directly to on-line auction.
Hours of Operation:
Property & Evidence Branch hours of operation are: Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Branch is closed on weekends, statutory and civic holidays.
For more information, contact:
Property - General
Property - Firearms:
Phone: (905) 546-4734
Phone: (905) 546-4733