Horsham police partner with auction site
firstname.lastname@example.org Horsham Township Police Department will now auction its seized and found items to a nationwide audience with the help of an online service. The police department has joined more than 2,800 other national police departments and municipalities by signing on with PropertyRoom.com to auction its items. The department joined the online auction in November and now will be able to streamline the auction process.
“The old fashioned police auction doesn’t work,” PropertyRoom.com Chief of Steals Pg Bellomo said. “It’s a very costly project.”
Now, items that are sold will be cataloged by PropertyRoom.com, refurbished if needed, authenticated and opened to bids. After the bid process, which Bellomo said averages about three days, the items are then sent to the winning bidders. Items up for bid include watches, jewelry, coins, laptops, power tools and, sometimes even, cars.
“We offer tremendous value and a streamlined solution to law enforcement and municipal partners across the country, as well as online shoppers looking for great and often, unique deals,” Bellomo said. “With this new partnership, we are delighted to be working with the Horsham Township Police Department.”
In addition, a percentage of all sales are returned to the police department, Bellomo said. So far, nationwide, since its first auc- tion in February 2001, PropertyRoom.com has returned approximately $46 million to its partnering service departments and municipalities. Bellomo said the online auction services also saves departments and municipalities money by hosting the auction for them. Bellomo said by not hosting a traditional auction and using PropertyRooms.com, municipalities and departments reduce the cost of an auction by 90 percent.
“We’re founded by a former police detective,” Bellomo said. “He knew that the old fashioned police auction didn’t work. They cost too much.”
Bellomo said, in the past, the money from PropertyRoom.com auctions has been used to purchase equipment, given to local organizations and been put towards balancing budgets.
“We like to say, ‘Go to PropertyRooms. com and lower someone’s taxes,” Bellomo said.
PropertyRoom.com was founded in 1999 by New York police officer and detective Tom Lane. In February 2001 it hosted its first auction. Today, PropertyRoom.com auctions on average 4,000 items at any time. The site auctions items at all times, day or night. Most bids, whether jewelry, computers or fine art, start at a $1 bid. Local partnerships, Bellomo said, include Allentown, Bethlehem and Reading. Nationwide, PropertyRoom.com works with large and small municipalities and departments, including Los Angeles Police Department and New York City Police Department.