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Auto Theft Overview
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, auto theft is a very profitable business, generating nearly $8 billion a year. Despite declining auto theft rates, business continues to grow in the United States due to the ever increasing value of cars.
It's an awful feeling to be a victim of auto theft. According to the FBI, auto theft occurs about every 30 seconds in the United States, so if you are a victim, don't feel alone. Stolen Lost & Found Online is here to help. Stolen Lost & Found Online is the worlds largest online auto theft database, it's both free and easy to search auto theft reportings and free to report auto theft online.
Auto Theft Definition
Auto Theft (noun);
Auto Theft, commonly referred to as Grand Theft Auto by the US media and police, is when someone steals, or attempts to steal a motor vehicle. Typically, to be convicted of Auto Theft, the car must have been put in motion by the accused thief. Merely breaking into a car and not actually putting the vehicle in motion usually results in "Attempted Auto Theft" or "Breaking Into A Motor Vehicle."
How To File An Auto Theft Police Report
The most important first step once auto theft is discovered it to report it to the police. This is so important because it will eliminate your liability if your stolen car is in an accident, especially one resulting in injury, or if your stolen car is used in another crime.
Here are the general steps to file an auto theft police report:
- Go to the location of the police station or law enforcement agency where the auto theft occurred
- If applicable, ask for the stolen property department
- Information typically requested while filing an auto theft police report:
- VIN (this is the most important item as it's the stolen car's individual identification number)
- The details of the auto theft, such as when, where and how the car was stolen
- Any identifying marks, scratches, dings, dents or bumper stickers
- Obtain a copy of the auto theft police report
Once the police report is completed it gets entered onto a nation police database. This database, however, is on a private intranet, not to be seen by the public. To really increase your chance of recovery, report auto theft online!
Report Auto Theft Online
Here are the quick and easy steps to report auto theft online:
- Click the 'Register' link at the top right-hand side of the page
- Enter your information and click the 'Register' button
- Open the verification email in the email account used for registration and click the link in the email body or copy and paste it in your browser address bar and press the 'Enter' or 'Return' key
- Log into the website
- Click the 'Report Stolen, Lost or Found Property' link in the main navigation bar
- Click the 'Automobile / Motorcycle' category
- Click the 'Car' sub-category
- Leave the 'Post as Stolen' check box selected
- Enter as much information as possible, especially the VIN and photos if available
- Click the 'Submit' button
That's it. Once the Online Auto Theft Report is submitted, it's posted to Stolen Lost Found Online immediately and will appear on the search engines within a day. This Online Auto Theft Report greatly increases your chance of recovering your stolen car, long into the future!
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Auto Theft Tracking Systems Overview
If you have experienced auto theft, then you know that terrible thought, "I'm sure I left it right here." Talking with people who have experienced auto theft, they will tell you the importance of stolen vehicle tracking and recovery systems.
Vehicle tracking and recovery systems use a combination of a GPS transmitter in the stolen car for tracking and cellular technology for transmission to and from monitoring centers. However, these do have technological limitations. A GPS requires clear line of sight to at least three satellites to locate the stolen car's position. Hiding the stolen car in a concrete parking structure or something similar blocks the lines of sight. There are sometimes also "dead zones" that cellular phone service doesn't work.
The one stolen car tracking device that is an exception is LoJack which uses FM radio frequency. LoJack also works with police cars specially equipped to hone in on the stolen car. The LoJack system has a 90 percent recovery rate which makes it the preferred system of the police.
Auto Theft Tracking Systems
Here is a list of stolen vehicle recovery systems and how they work for you to decide whether or not investing in one of these stolen vehicle recovery systems is worth the investment and which on would be right for you.
Factory / Manufacturer Installed Stolen Vehicle Recovery Systems
- GM Onstar - GM's OnStar service is better known for it's crash notification feature but it also offers stolen vehicle recovery. Once a police report has been made, contact OnStar immediately. From there the police and OnStar will work together to recover the stolen vehicle. If the stolen car is involved in a chase, OnStar has a new feature called Stolen Vehicle Slowdown that assist's police to capture the thief and to prevent accidents. For the first year OnStar is free, after the first year the cost is $18.95/month or $199/year.
- Mercedes-Benz TeleAid - The first year is free then is costs $240/year to renew. A subscription-based service is used by Mercedes-Benz that was developed by Hughes Telematics.
- BMW Assist - The first four years is free ( the model year must be 2007 or newer), after the first four years or for models 2004 - 2006 it costs $199/year.
- Lexus Enform - except the SC, a free year trial of Lexus Enform is offered on select 2010 models with navigation. After the first year trial it will cost $264.90 per year.
- Toyota Safety Connect - A free trial of Safety Connect is included on select 2010 Toyota models. After the first year it costs $139.95 per year.
Aftermarket Stolen Vehicle Recovery Systems
- LoJack - A small radio transponder is installed in one of 20 different places. This makes it difficult to detect or for quick removal. Once the car is reported stolen to the police, the information will then be quickly sent to the FBI's National Crime Information Center (NCIC) which has a cross-checking for LoJack's. With a match a signal is then sent which turns on the LoJack's transponder. A silent signal is then sent to the local police equipped with LoJack vehicle tracking units, which can then track the stolen car. If the thieves are still near the stolen vehicle they can then be apprehended. The LoJack system has a one time fee of $695 or $995 for an early warning feature. LoJack uses FM radio technology to track the stolen car.
- Mobile IQ - Mobile IQ is made by AirIQ, it's a vehicle recovery system that can be installed with a factory or after market alarm system. When a car is stolen, the Mobile IQ alarm is triggered and transceiver unit inside the car is activated, notifying a monitoring center. You will then be contacted by your choice of e-mail, text message, pager or phone by the monitoring center. At this point you must notify the police with the car's location. Now you or the police (you must provide your Mobile IQ log in information to them) can track the stolen vehicle on the Web. Mobile IQ costs $499 for the system plus and average $100 installation. The Mobile IQ service is free for the first year then then $100 per year after that.
- Zoombak - This vehicle tracking device is a lower price but the downfall is that it will not notify you if your car is stolen, this could potentially loose you hours or even days before you discover the car theft and report it to the police. Once the theft is discovered, you notify the police and then track the stolen vehicle location from the web like the Mobile IQ tracking system. Zoombak is also portable which means you can remove from your car, if you ever got lost in the woods or needed other rescue your location can be tracked. Zoombak costs $199 for the device, the service is $15 per month and has unlimited usage.
Online Auto Theft Database On Stolen Lost Found Online
With Stolen Lost Found Online's specialized search engine techniques, your Auto Theft Report will be seen by hundreds or thousands of people a day! Here are the latest Auto Theft Reports:
|Serial Number||Make, Model||Reward||Photo|
|1GYEC63827R366334||Stolen Cadilac, Escalade|
|No serial number recorded||Stolen S40, Black||Reward|
|2g1wg5ek7b1154914||Stolen chevy, impala|
|3FAFP08196R150979||Stolen Ford, Fusion|
|No serial number recorded||Stolen FORD, FUSION||Reward|
|No serial number recorded||Stolen dodge , No model name recorded|
|269023304||Stolen Garmin, Nuvi 2450||Reward|
|1LNLM81W9PY710640||Stolen Lincoln, Town car||Reward|
|No serial number recorded||Stolen Honda, Accord||Reward|
|1G8ZK5273TZ141616||Stolen saturn, s series|
|1G8ZK5273TZ141616||Stolen saturn, s series|
|1G8ZK5273TZ141616||Stolen saturn, s series|
|JHMED3544MS012233||Stolen Honda, Civic|
|2c1ms2466m6808885||Stolen geo, geo metro|
|No serial number recorded||Stolen Audi, A6||Reward|
|JA3AP57J2SY014772||Stolen Mitsubishi, Diamante|
|2G1WF52E839412202||Stolen Chevrolet, Impala||Reward|
|WBABK8329VEY85840||Stolen BMW , 3 series convertible rag top|
|2HGEJ644XTH111496||Stolen HONDA, CIVIC HATCHBACK||Reward|
|1SU109835||Stolen GARMIN, NUVI 1690|
Auto Theft Conclusion
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