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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."

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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.

How To File A Stolen Auto Police Report

The first step in any occurrence of theft is to report the incident to the police immediately. This helps you recover the stolen item if it gets confiscated and helps with an insurance claim process on the account an official police report is required to file a claim.

Here are the general steps to file a police report:

  1. Call the non-emergency phone number for the local police station or law enforcement agency where the item was stolen.
  2. Obtain the physical address and go to the police station or law enforcement agency.
  3. Once there, go to the stolen property department if applicable.
  4. While creating a stolen property police report it's important to provide the theft detective or clerk with as many details as possible, especially the item's serial number, any identifying marks or stickers. Also include when, where and how the item was stolen.
  5. Once you have completed the report, be sure to obtain a copy and retain it for follow-up and recovery.

It's important to file a police report for theft, no matter how big, small or valuable the stolen item is, because it helps the police know a thief's (or thieves) M.O. and to control theft by using crime data to increase patrol in areas with a high or rising crime rate. Sometimes an area's theft rate can skyrocket because people don't report theft incidents because the stolen item isn't of high monetary value. This is called petty theft and is how a petty thief can continue stealing because the police are not made aware of their activity.

How To Report A Stolen Auto Online

Get the world on your case! Here are the steps to create an online Stolen Auto report for free:

  1. If not yet registered, click the "Register" link at the top right-hand side of the page or click the "Report" button at page top.
  2. Enter your information and click the "Register" button.
  3. Open the email account used for registration, open the verification email 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.
  4. Log in to the Stolen Lost Found Online website
  5. Click the "Report" link in the main navigation bar or the "Report" button at page top.
  6. Select the appropriate category.
  7. Select the appropriate sub-category.
  8. Select to post as Stolen.
  9. Enter as much information about the Stolen Auto as possible - the make, model and serial number are especially important. Also helpful are any identifying marks and photos if available.
  10. Click the "Submit" button.

That's it. Once the Stolen Auto report is submitted it will post on Stolen Lost Found Online immediately and will appear on the search engines within a day. By reporting online you literally make a world of difference for recovering your Stolen Auto, long into the future.

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