Some property belonging to the victim may have to be taken away for the subsequent investigation of the crime.
For example, the victim's car, or clothes, may contain important evidence for the investigation. If this is the case, the authorities can appropriate the property to be used as evidence.
As soon as the appropriated items are no longer required, the victim is entitled to have them returned. This should be done as soon as possible, so that the victim is not deprived of them beyond what is strictly necessary for the purposes of the case.
In some cases, the victim must make a written application for the return of their property.
The victim has three months in which to collect any property after receiving a notice to do so.
APAV can help you exercise this right.