Have You Left a Book on Public Transport?

You are not alone - so have over 1,400  people in H&F

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A total of 9,182 items of lost property were left behind on public transport in Hammersmith and Fulham in the last year.

The most common items left on public transport in the borough were books (1,438), valuables (1,091) and bags (1,088).

Throughout London, more than 207,000 items were handed in to Transport for London’s (TfL) Lost Property Office (LPO) in the last year – including 41,000 books, 31,000 bags and 28,000 items of clothing.

The Lost Property Office, one of the busiest in the UK, handles items that are left behind on the TfL network, including buses, London Underground, London Overground, DLR, Licensed taxis or in Victoria Coach Station.

The variety of property handed in is vast and includes sports gear, folders of school work, toys, power tools, pushchairs, suitcases, walking sticks and even crutches. One of the more interesting items handed in recently was a handbag containing an invitation to the Royal wedding.

On average one in three items is reunited with its owner.

Transport for London’s Lost Property Office Manager, Paul Cowan, said: " Last year people left more than 9,100 items behind on public transport in Hammersmith and Fulham. We would encourage all passengers to check and make sure they take all their belongings with them. However, anyone who does lose something on public transport in London should get in touch with us at the Lost Property Office.

" People are generally honest and those treasured items that passengers thought they may have lost forever may actually be in our office just waiting to be picked up.

“We do our best to reunite people with their property, through a combination of our own detective work, using Sherlock – our computer system - and, of course, through passengers contacting us to claim items.

" Although we store property for three months, sadly a large number of items remain unclaimed after that period. In these instances items are donated to charity, sold at auction or recycled.”

The top 5 items left behind on public transport in Hammersmith and Fulham were:

Item

Total

1

Books

1,892

2

Clothing

1,438

3

Valuables

1,091

4

Bags

1,088

5

Telephones

870

*Valuables include wallets, cash, laptops, cameras etc.

If you have lost something on public transport you cann contact the Lost Property Office after two days:

  • by calling 0845 330 9882 between 08.30 and 16.00, Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays)
  • by filling in the online enquiry form at Lost Property
  • by faxing 020 7918 1028
  • in person
  • by writing to: Lost Property Office, 200 Baker Street, London NW1 5RZ
  • TfL recommends people make a note of their international mobile equipment identity number (IMEI) which they can find on their phone by pressing *#06# which will help to identify their mobile phone.

July 5, 2011