The disposal of unclaimed property is regulated by law. One of the options permitted is for the agency to auction property. The Winston-Salem Police Department auctions unclaimed property through the Internet web site, Property Room.com. The address on the Internet is http://www.propertyroom.com/ (external website) and items of value are consigned to this organization and offered for sale, similar to other commercial auction sites.
The major difference between this site and other commercial enterprises is that Property Room.com provides restitution for these sales to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system, in the form of payments through the City of Winston-Salem. Items posted for public auction are submitted by police and sheriff's departments from across the nation. Only items meeting the stringent standards authorized by North Carolina General Statutes are disposed of through this manner. All personnel are authorized to place bids on property after following basic login and registration processes. The Winston-Salem Police Department encourages citizens of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County to participate in the open and free auctions offered through this web site.
All property releases begin with the officer assigned to your case. Once the officer authorizes the transfer of property, the owner should call and confirm an appointment with Evidence Management Staff at (336)726-7285. Property owners should obtain a case number before contacting Evidence Management. The owner should bring photo identification and any related forms or applications to 1200 Patterson Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC. Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., excluding holidays. The supervisor can be reached at (336)726-7270.