Police Auctions in Australia
Police and law enforcement departments across Australia hold regular auctions to dispose of seized goods, stolen and recovered items, unclaimed goods, proceeds of crime and much more. Ex-police equipment also ends up at auction and is highly sought after. On this page, I will provide a brief intro to both and where to start looking for these auctions.
Police Seized & Unclaimed Goods Auctions
At these auctions, you will find lots and lots of jewelry, mobile phones, iPads and gadgets etc. Occasionally there are some really odd things too. For example, at one particular auction in Melbourne I came across a complete large scale hydroponic system, I wonder, what was that used for before the boys in blue took hold of it.
Property is usually held for 2 months and if unclaimed, it heads to auction where it must be sold. Commonly seen items at these sales include things like:
- Sporting equipment
- Motor vehicles, Auto accessories & Marine
- Furniture and Electrical goods
- TV’s, video/DVD, stereo, CD players etc.
- PlayStations, Xbox and game consoles, Mobile Phones (usually lots and lots of phones…)
- Jewelry (again, usually there is lot of it..)
- Power tools and equipment
- Bikes of all types
Of course, all things are sold as is and usually, untested. So for expensive items, you need to do more diligence than usual as a lot of the goods, especially electronics, is damaged in some way. Items are sold without reserve, so there is the chance of snagging quite a bargain which is one of the big attractiosn of these sales.
Who will be at this type of auction? Anyone is welcome to register and bid and you will find a lot of second-hand dealers, eBayers, and people who have come to bid on a particular item of interest. Most people at these auctions are skilled hands who know the value of items and are there for the purpose of buying and reselling.
Ex-Police Vehicles and Equipment at Auction
The Police departments own equipment, such as cars, communication equipment, cameras and more that ends up at auction. The equipment is generally well maintained, having strict maintenance schedules, although they may not receive the T.L.C that a private owner/operator would give.
Ex-police interceptors/highway patrol vehicles have an almost cult-like following that makes them popular at auction, one reason for their popularity is that the vehicles often have increased performance specifications, such as better suspension, higher engine output, more robust drivetrain etc. There are also a lot of other vehicles types, like divisional vans, trucks, buses and plain standard vehicles that go up for sale. Most of this equipment/vehicles will end up at ex-government auctioneers such as Pickles and Manheim and flow through ex-gov and lease sales.
Where to find Police Auctions
Police Auctions are not generally run by the Police station or department itself, the auction will be handled by a third party auctioneer in most all cases. Notices for these auctions can usually be found in the Saturday edition of the major news paper in your region and via the commonly used auctioneers below.
Police Auctions in Perth
WA Police Auctions see: Ross’s Auctioneers & Valuers http://www.auctionfinder.com.au/dir/wa/
Police Auctions in Sydney
NSW Police and Sheriff Auctions see: Pickles, Manheims, Slattery Auctions and Omaras – http://www.auctionfinder.com.au/dir/nsw/
Police Auctions in Melbourne
VIC see Breen Auction Group, vehicles are sold via Manheim, jewelry via Leonard Joel, online auctions via Grays Online, Autorola, and the Victorian Sheriff Dept. on eBay. http://www.auctionfinder.com.au/dir/vic/
Police Auctions in Brisbane
QLD Police Auctions see the Public Trustee, Slattery Auctions in Brisbane, Impound.com.au for Police impounds which are sold via City Motor Auction Group, and Lloyd Auctions on the Gold Coast. http://www.auctionfinder.com.au/dir/qld/
Police Auctions in Hobart
See Pickles Auctions and Gowans http://www.auctionfinder.com.au/dir/tas/
Police Auctions in Adelaide
See Evans Clarke and Pickles http://www.auctionfinder.com.au/dir/sa/
Police Auctions in Darwin
See Pickles Auctions http://www.auctionfinder.com.au/dir/nt/
Australia is not the only country where you can find bargains at gov department auctions, check out Police Auctions in the USA via our friends at AucMaster. And boy oh boy, could you image the goodies that go through those sales!
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