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Lost & Found

Hundreds of items find their way to our Lost and Found each year.  We go to great lengths trying to identify the owners of property and  we log items in a data base.  We store found items for a minimum of 90 days in a secure area.  The only exceptions are food containers and Griz Cards.  Food containers (including water bottles) are disposed of and Griz Cards are turned into the Griz Card Office.  

Tips on making your property identifiable

Keys are one item that is hard to find an owner for.  Often times we will get only a single key turned in.  Anything that can help describe your set of keys can help us identify them.  If you have a red lanyard and a teddy bear charm attached to your keys it will be easier to locate them if they are turned in.

Cell phones are another item we get an abundance of.  We have recently received several smart phones that we have not been able to return.  The two greatest challenges we find are with locked phones and phones that have very little information in them.  

Locking your phone can be very important especially, if you need to protect personal information.  This also means that if the phone is found there is no way to identify the owner.  One way around this is to make sure that your ICE (In Case of Emergency) contacts can be accessed when your phone is locked.  Sometimes this means looking at your settings.  If we do find your phone we will call one of those contacts so that it can be returned to you.

Track Phones are probably the phones that have the least amount of owner information in them.  If you choose to not lock your phone and you simply have a contact for MOM or DAD we will be able to get your phone back to you.  

You can also register your phone with us so we have your serial number on file.  We strongly suggest that you register any property you have with us if it has a serial number.  If it does not have a serial number you can engrave a unique number that can be used to identify it.


To claim or check on a lost and found item(s) please contact:

Email  Chris Croft
(406) 243-6131

Lost Items:

If you have lost something please e-mail Detective Croft using this format:

  • Name
  • Contact Information
  • Item lost - detailed description
  • Where and when the item was lost

 Remember, if you have something of value, with a serial number, like an iPod, cell phone or a laptop you can register them with our department using this link:  http://www.umt.edu/publicsafety/Bike%20Safety/Bike%20Registration.aspx

Departments around campus also have lost and founds, so be sure to check those near the area you lost your item.

Found Item:

If you have found an item please turn it in at the Office of Public Safety, at Building 32.  We will do our best to make sure the items are returned to the owner.