The Property & Evidence Unit is open Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is closed city holidays. The Property & Evidence Unit is located at
2509 Princess Anne Road, Building 11
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Citizens may call the Police Department to turn in any found property. Found property that has a value will be maintained for a period of 60 days.
Found property may be claimed by the finder, if the legal owner is not located . The property must be turned over to the police department and maintained for . The property must be turned over to the police department and maintained for sixty (60) days and bicycles must be maintained for thirty (30) days. The following procedures must be followed in order to claim the found item.
An advertisement must be placed in the local paper, one day for two consecutive weeks stating general description, general location, and date the property was found. The advertisement must run once a week for two consecutive weeks and include the Property & Evidence phone number (757) 385-4578. The potential owner must contact the police department and not the finder to determine ownership of the found item.
After the advertisement has run the specified amount of time, the finder must bring to Property and Evidence, a copy of the advertising bill or a copy of the advertisement and proper identification to Property & Evidence in order to claim the property.
If the owner is located prior to the finder taking possession, the property will be returned to the lawful owner.
The City of Virginia Beach will not reimburse you for any expenses that you may incur.
How to Claim Your Property
To claim your property, come to Property & Evidence with a valid picture ID and the case/voucher number. To view the list of unclaimed property, please click here
. This is not a complete list of unclaimed property. To inquire if an item of your property is in the possession of the Property & Evidence unit, please contact the office using the information below. Property tat remains unclaimed will be disposed of after 60 days, in accordance with city code.
Anyone who collects a firearm must have a criminal background check completed to insure that they are eligible by law to possess a firearm. Please arrive no later than 4:00 pm to allow enough time for the criminal background check to be completed. Persons who have been involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment; convicted of a felony or domestic assault; or are under a protective order are not eligible to possess a firearm.
Money will be returned in the form of a check drawn from the Property & Evidence bank account.
If you live outside of the Hampton Roads area (Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Isle of Wight, Hampton, Newport News, and Williamsburg) and are not able to claim your property in person, arrangements can be made to have your property shipped to you.
To have property (except firearms) shipped to you, complete this form
in its entirety and return it to the Property & Evident unit at the address provided. Please not this form requires notarization in order to be processed.
To have firearms shipped to your local Federal Firearms License (FFL), complete this form
in its entirety and return it to the Property & Evident unit at the address provided. Please not this form requires notarization in order to be processed. Once the completed form is received, we will verify the information provided before shipping the firearm to the selected FFL. Under federal law, the FL is required to conduct a criminal background check to ensure the recipient is eligible to possess the firearm. Persons who have been involuntarily committed for psychiatric treatment; convicted of a felony or domestic assault; or are under a protective order are not eligible to possess a firearm.
Guns and Ammunition
Guns or ammunition may be turned into the Property & Evidence Unit or at any of the four precincts to be properly and safely destroyed. When turning in firearms, please ensure the firearm is unloaded and all ammunition is separated from the firearm.
Notification of Held Property
The case officer should notify you that the Police Department is in possession of your property. A follow up letter will be sent by the Property & Evidence Unit notifying you the Police department has your property and a release authorization has been given. The Property & Evidence Unit is not able to release property without the consent of the investigating officer.
The Virginia Beach Police Department launched the program in June 2015 to better serve the community by providing a secure means for citizens to dispose of their unused or expired household and personal medications. The medication are then disposed of safely by environmentally friendly incineration.
Citizens are able to drop off unused medications at any precinct. No paperwork is required and citizens can remain anonymous. Department personnel are available at the precincts to assist citizens and answer any questions about the program. For additional information or to print a brochure, click here
- All prescription and over-the-counter medications
- Veterinary medications
- liquid medication in sealed containers
- Loose pills in sealed bags
- Items from pharmaceutical representatives or medical officers
- Needles, syringes, Epi-pends and IV bags
- Thermometers and other mercury items
- Illegal drugs and paraphernalia
- Personal care items
Expired and unused medications can be dropped off at any of the four police precincts. For location and contact information of the precincts please click contact us