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Web address
Slogan UK Police endorsed Lost Property Reporting
Commercial? Yes
Registration None
Available in English
Owner Recipero
Launched April 7, 2008; 6 years ago (2008-04-07)[1]
Current status Online is a web site for the reporting of lost property by the general public in the United Kingdom. It was launched in April 2008 and is endorsed by the Avon and Somerset Constabulary,[1] with which the information is shared.[2]


The site was launched with the intention of freeing police time for concentration on other important issues.[1] It was created by Recipero,[1] a privately held company which receives a monthly sum of undisclosed amount.[3]

Main features[edit]

The website allows users to enter descriptions and upload photographs of their lost items.[4][5] Information about registered items is transferred by the service to selected police information technology systems. [6] If items are recovered by the police, they can be reunited with their owners by using the information retrieved from the database.[2][5]


A 2009 Institute for Public Policy Research report entitled Arrested Development: Unlocking change in the police service points to social media and intermediary sites such as reportMyloss as ways of easing the collection of community intelligence by the police.[7] Retailers in Weston-super-Mare were to be visited before Christmas 2010 to encourage people to use the service.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d "Police launch lost property site". BBC News. 2008-04-07. Retrieved September 14, 2011. [...] launched by Avon and Somerset police. The site,, is expected to save time and resources which can be redirected into policing matters. Users can upload detailed descriptions and photographs of their lost items free of charge. [...] Assistant Chief Constable Jackie Roberts said: [...] "Locally, of course, it should have an instant impact in freeing-up police time to deal with other important issues [...]" [...] Adrian Portlock, director of software company Recipero, which created the site [...] 
  2. ^ a b "reportMyloss". Retrieved September 14, 2011. This information is then placed on the UK Police online systems allowing them to contact the owner if the property should be recovered. 
  3. ^ "Report My Loss costings (Statistics)". Avon and Somerset Constabulary. 2008-05-14. Retrieved September 14, 2011. We can confirm that we pay a monthly fee to the supplier, to provide and maintain the website but we are unable to provide you with the projected costings for the first year of operation as this information is exempt under Section 43 - commercial interests. 
  4. ^ Cite error: The named reference bbd_police_launch was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ a b Hehir, Rebecca (2008-04-08). "Report your loss". Yeovil Express (Yeovil). Retrieved September 14, 2011. enables people to upload detailed descriptions and photographs of lost items. 
  6. ^ (Irish police are barred from querying Recipero's databases.)
  7. ^ Kable (2009-11-27). "IPPR calls for National Policing Agency". The Register. Retrieved September 14, 2011. Social media can also enhance responsiveness, according to the document, by giving the public simpler ways of reporting issues to the police. The documents points to intermediary sites like which can help the police gather community intelligence more easily. 
  8. ^ "Police patrols seek to ensure a peaceful Christmas". Bristol Evening Post (Bristol). 2010-11-20. Retrieved September 14, 2011. Retailers will also be visited by the community contact vehicle where officers will encourage people to register purchases on websites such as and