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How To Report A Stolen Car Overview
Even though auto theft has been on the decline in recent years, there is still a car stolen approximately every 30 seconds in the United States. So if you are a victim of auto theft, don't feel alone and do know Stolen Lost & Found Online is here to help. This information of how to report a stolen car to assist you in your time of need, and hopefully help you recover your stolen car by reporting it online. By doing so, you alert the world instantly instead of your stolen car police report getting stuck on a private police intranet for no one to see.
How To Report A Stolen Car To The Police
It is imperative to report the stolen car to the police as soon as you discover the car missing. An official stolen car police report eliminates your liability if the stolen car is in an accident or used in another crime. It also assists the police to gather data of how many cars are stolen in what areas to enforce stronger auto theft prevention techniques such as the Bait Car program. Furthermore, an official stolen car police report will be required by insurance companies for a claim.
- Call your local police station or law enforcement non-emergency phone number to get the address or search for it online.
- Go to the physical location of the police department or law enforcement agency and request the theft department.
- While creating the stolen car police report, give the reporting officer as much information as possible. Stolen car information generally requested:
- VIN (vehicle identification number)
- License plate number
- How many doors
- Identifying marks, unique rims or stickers
- When the auto theft occurred
- How the auto theft occurred
- Where the auto theft occurred
- If the vehicle was left unlocked or with the keys in it
- Get a copy of the stolen car police report with the case number (be sure to keep this for your records)
All theft police reports, including auto theft, is entered into a national police intranet, not to be accessed by the general public.
How To Report A Stolen Car Online
Here are the steps to report a stolen car online:
- On the top right side of the page, click "Register"
- Fill in the form and click "Register"
- Verify email - navigate to your email and click the link within the email body from Stolen Lost & Found Online
- Click or copy and paste the verification link into the browser address bar
- This will direct back to Stolen Lost & Found Online
- Log In and click the "Report Stolen, Lost or Found Property" link in the main navigation bar at page top
- Click the "Automobile / Motorcycle" category
- Click "Car" sub-category
- While filling in the form, enter as much information as possible, especially the VIN and where the missing car was last seen
- Click "Submit"
This online stolen car report will appear on Stolen Lost & Found Online instantly and will get indexed by the search engines within a day, literally making a world of difference in recovering your stolen car.
How To Report A Stolen Car To An Insurance Provider
- Call your insurance provider with your policy number, drivers license number, VIN and license plate number ready
- Have the police report and case number ready to give to your insurance adjuster
- Provide details of the auto theft including where the missing car was last seen and how it was stolen it that is known
Here are some of the major insurance carriers for your convenience:
- State Farm
- Unitrin Direct
- Mercury Insurance Group
- Unitrin Specialty
- 21st Century
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:
- Call the non-emergency phone number for the local police station or law enforcement agency where the item was stolen.
- Obtain the physical address and go to the police station or law enforcement agency.
- Once there, go to the stolen property department if applicable.
- 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.
- 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.
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How To Report A Stolen Car Conclusion
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