ebay's Police Auction 'Secrets'

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Looking for police auction information? Well you've come to the right place!

What you'll find if you take (or have) the time to research the police auction topic yourself, is that the majority of police auction related information currently available online has a US bias. It's of little use to us in the UK, so GAUK Online is here to help. We've sourced all the relevant police auction information currently available in the UK, so you don't have to spend endless hours searching through and separating the wheat from the chaff.

Police auctions locations are (according to some) 'closely guarded secrets', but with a little effort on your part, you can be one of those 'in the know' and benefit from being able to purchase all manner of goods that have been confiscated, lost, impounded, subjected to forfeiture orders because of being considered the 'proceeds of crime' by a court, or taken into police custody for any other of a multitude of reasons. These items are eventually sold on at 'real world' or online police auction locations at vastly reduced prices.

The first 'big secret' that we're going to let you in on, is that several UK police forces manage their own auctions online at ebay. Yes, you read that right, police forces in the UK have finally joined the online 'ecommerce' age and employ staff just to list items at ebay police auctions. Click police auctions ebay and search the categories yourself.

The next big secret is that there are countless 'real world' auction houses that are used by the police to dispose of all manner of goods. Some of these auction houses are used for the disposal of ex-police vehicles and other property actually owned by the police. Other police auction houses list lost and unclaimed property that has been in police possession for the required amount of time for the police to assume 'ownership' of the property.

This is pretty similar to if you handed something in to the police that you'd found in the street. The police officer taking details of property handed in at the station will generally give the 'good citizen' the option of retaining the property, on the understanding that the finder cannot dispose of the property (assume ownership) for around twelve months.

This then means that the police lost property rooms are kept from over filling, the finder (who actually could go back to the police station and reclaim the lost property if it hasn't been reclaimed by the owner after a similar time period had elapsed.) does the job of the police in ensuring 'safe storage' of the item for a reasonable amount of time, in order to allow the 'owner' chance to reclaim their lost property.

Other police auction items are dealt with slightly differently in the first instance, as they usually involve some kind of criminal proceedings and they can only be disposed of if the items have been confiscated or subject to forfeiture under the various proceeds of crime acts. Or in the case of stolen property, if the true owner cannot be found or established beyond reasonable doubt. These property items are only disposed of after criminal proceedings have ended - at the end of a trial for example.

So then the next big question is how do you find out the locations of these closely guarded secret police auctioneers? Well that's pretty easy too, you either go to a site like Government Auctions UK (type it into Google) and let them do all the hard work for you for about the price of a burger. Or if you're prepared to do the research yourself, we'll tell you how to do it.

Grab a cup of coffee, sit down at your PC, be prepared for a few hours worth of research and you'll find all the information you need. Go to Google, make sure you're on the UK version of the site as you'll otherwise end up with worthless US related results, then search on (remember to include the speech marks as it reduces the number of results) :

'police auctions UK'
'locations of police auctions UK'
'police auctioneers'

and any other police auction associated term that you can think of.
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