Passengers sometimes leave property behind in a taxi.
If the taxi was booked by phone, call the booking company back as
soon as possible. They will be able to locate the vehicle, driver
and details about your booking. All the details of your trip will
be on the receipt too - passengers should always ask for a
Taxi drivers and taxi networks cannot be held responsible for any
items that are inadvertently left behind in a taxi: it is the
passenger's responsibility to ensure that they take all of their
belongings when exiting the taxi.
Any person in the State of Victoria who locates property that does
not belong to them, MUST within a reasonable time hand the property
to a member of the Police Force or convey the property to a Police
Lost property reports can only be made IN PERSON at a Police
Any person who has lost an item needs to attend any Police Station
to complete a Lost Property Report - this should take under 10
Victoria Police does not provide report numbers or event number for
lost items, however a hardcopy of the Lost Property Report will be
Persons reporting the loss of mobile phones MUST provide the IMEI
number* at the time of making the report.
Police will contact the owner of the property if it is recovered.
The owner of the property will be required to attend the Police
Station with photographic identification to collect the item.
Police will hold items for 3 months from the time of receiving it.
Following this period the property can be claimed by the finder or
it is destroyed.
*The International Mobile Equipment
Identity (IMEI) number is an international identity number used to
uniquely identify a mobile phone. The 15-digit IMEI number is an
electronic fingerprint transmitted every time a phone is used,
which reveals the identity of the mobile handset. They are
independent of phone numbers and are usually stamped beneath the
battery on the back of the handset.