Whether it's taken as evidence at a crime scene or found abandoned on a street corner, the Evidence Control Unit catalogs and tracks every piece of property that comes into the custody of Ottawa Police Officers. The Unit strives to preserve and protect property by providing professional, proficient and systematic storage and handling of each and every piece of evidence or property that is entrusted to its care. One of the most common pieces of property we deal with is bicycles.

  • To inquire about a missing bicycle or to inquire about other stolen or lost articles, call us at 613-236-1222, extension 5238, or email us at
  • To report a found bicycle, call the Police Reporting Unit at 613-236-1222, extension 7300.
  • Get information about what to do, if you've lost your wallet.
  • Find out how to collect your property.

To help us with your enquiry, please have the following information available (if applicable or known):

  • make;
  • model;
  • colour;
  • serial number; and
  • the date the bike or article was lost or stolen.

Auctions/Unclaimed Property

Property without a known owner is stored for 90 days. Found bicycles are kept for only 30 days. If the property is not picked-up during the hold period, it may be sold or, depending on its condition, disposed of.

The Ottawa Police Service utilizes the services of Rideau Auctions as well as GC Surplus, which is the federal government organization responsible for the sale, distribution, disposal and re-use of surplus federal goods.

Currently over 90 federal Departments and Agencies dispose of everything from computers, office equipment, vehicles as well as military equipment like ships and planes through GC Surplus.

For more information, visit GC Surplus and Rideau Auctions.