|Definition:||It is the policy of California State University San Marcos that the University Police Department shall be responsible for receiving all personal property determined to be lost when such property is discovered on campus owned or leased facilities. All found property received by University Police, with the exception of cash, credit cards and valuable jewelry, will be transferred to the Materials Management/Central Stores Property Clerk for storage and safe keeping until claimed or otherwise disposed of pursuant to law and campus policy. Cash, credit cards and valuable jewelry received by University Police shall be retained for safe keeping until claimed or otherwise disposed of pursuant to law and campus policy. Stolen property recovered by University Police shall be maintained pursuant to state law.|
|Authority:||California Penal Code, Section 1413. State Administrative Manual, Sections 8600, 8620, and 8643. Current CSUSM Property Accounting policy and procedures.|
|Scope:||This policy and any related procedures apply to all areas and members of the campus community and general public.|
|Responsible Division:||Finance & Administrative Services|
|Signature Page/PDF:||View Signatures for Recovered, Missing, Or Stolen Property Policy|
I. REPORTS AND DATA ENTRY
A) The University Police Dispatcher will make a log entry and assign a case or incident number.
B) A University Police Officer will complete a crime or incident report.
C) All serialized property will be entered in the law enforcement database (CLETS).
D) Recovered stolen serialized property will be removed from the law enforcement database (CLETS).
E) Found property will be logged in the Lost and Found Property Register maintained by both Materials Management and University Police.
II. RECOVERED, MISSING OR STOLEN PROPERTY HANDLING
A) Lost and Found Property
B) Stolen Property
Stolen property recovered by University Police shall be maintained pursuant to California Penal Code, Section 1413.
C) Cash and Weapons
Other unclaimed property may be disposed of, sold or destroyed at the discretion of the Property Clerk, Materials Management in accordance with the Property Accounting policy and procedures. The university shall retain the proceeds from the sale of such property.
A) Copies of the Lost and Found Property logs will be forwarded to Materials Management at the end of each month.
B) Copies of crime or incident reports involving university property will be forwarded to Materials Management within thirty (30) days.
C) University Police will notify Materials Management, within seven (7) days, of any stolen university property recovered via the law enforcement database (CLETS).
D) University Police will assist Materials Management in attempting to identify the owner of found property and to ensure that the property is returned to the original owners.