BC Students Can’t Find The Lost and Found

This book lists hundreds upon hundreds of items brought to the lost and found, many of which go unclaimed. / Dylan Campbell

ID cards, one glove, licenses, jewelry, and credit cards sit inside a safe in the basement of Ingersoll Hall waiting to be claimed.

The lost and found located in the security office in 0202 Ingersoll is consistently stocked with odds and ends found on campus by students, but lack of knowledge about the service has kept most of the lost materials from finding their way home. Meanwhile, other items have been returned in a new fashion: through the Brooklyn College Facebook group.

“Phew, that’s a hard question,” said Donald Wenz, director of campus security, when asked how many items are in the lost and found. “Out of the property that is found on campus, less than 50 percent of it is ever returned to the owner because they don’t come looking for it.”

Though the lost and found is filled with everything from cell phones to school IDs, every item is treated in the same manner. Whenever an item is brought to an officer on campus or to the security office, a report is filed. The post commander takes the report, gives the property a voucher, documents the details in a large and well-worn book, and places the item in a safe where it will be stored.

Though the item is held in the safe for a long period of time, it can’t stay forever. Any time between six months and a year, the items are donated or relocated. Clothing, cell phones, glasses, and other items are donated to places like the American Legion and AFW, said Wenz. Driver’s licenses are returned to the DMV and college IDs are turned over to West Quad.

Wenz said many people don’t pick up their items because they don’t know the lost and found exists. In a Kingsman poll on Facebook, out of the 11 students who answered, only one knew about the lost and found.

In recent weeks students have been posting lost items on the Brooklyn College: In the Know 2 Facebook page or, with lost IDs, connecting with the student directly.

Several administrators for the student info page said that posting the found item on the Facebook page was easier for students and an outlet for those who didn’t know the lost and found existed.

“They probably don’t know about it – especially the first years and new transfer students,” said Noam Swisa, Facebook page admin. “A student might not know to bring a found item to the lost and found, but might see the page, so it’s good to post regardless…”

Nissim Said, another admin, agreed, “It’s easier to post on fb than Google if such a thing exists and then go to the location.”

Volkan Soner Aydogan, a student at Brooklyn College, had his wallet returned to him through Facebook.

Aydogan had returned a wallet to another person on Facebook just months earlier; so when his was returned in tact, he was ecstatic. “It’s like KARMA!,” he said.

Wenz said students can contact the office to ask about lost items or stop by to drop off a found item.

Lost items are stored in this safe for six to twelve months before being donated. / Dylan Campbell

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