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What does BSO do with unclaimed property?
BSO's Evidence Unit receives, catalogs and stores evidentiary, abandoned, forfeited and lost property in accordance with state and local law which also specifies when such property can be disposed of or discarded. The Evidence Unit presently stores more than 350,000 items in its Ft. Lauderdale warehouse.
In the past, BSO held periodic Sheriff’s Sales where this property was sold to the highest bidder. Today, BSO sells it online!
Several times each year, BSO transfers such property to PropertyRoom.com, an online auctioneer that handles the disposal of property from law enforcement agencies across the county.
As part of PropertyRoom.com's service, a registration database called StealitBack.com helps users recover stolen property by matching serial numbers on stolen property with those in PropertyRoom.com's database. By cross-referencing the numbers, PropertyRoom.com determines if an item was reported stolen and returns it to BSO or to the appropriate police agency. Private citizens are invited to register on www.StealitBack.com any items with serial numbers they have lost or reported stolen to their local police department.