How To File Stolen Vehicle Reports
Need to know how to file stolen vehicle reports? first and foremost, do it quickly! this will give you the best opportunity to recover your stolen vehicle. If you ever experience having a vehicle stolen, you will need to first contact your local police department as well as your insurance agent to report the theft.
To file a stolen vehicle report you will need:
- Car description
- Car's year, make, model and color
- List of what was in the car when it was stolen
- Names and contact information for any witnesses
- Details of the theft such as time and location
- Description of any one seen loitering
- Contact your local law enforcement. Large urban areas may have a telephone system available to make your report. Otherwise, a police officer will take your report in person. Have the year, make, model and color of the car available for the police report. Other details that are useful is information such as when was the car stolen and the names and contact information for any witnesses. You may also be able to provide relevant details such as a description of anyone you may have seen loitering around your car before it was stolen.
- Get a copy of the police report. Once you have filed a stolen vehicle report to law enforcement, you will be provided a copy of the report.
- Contact your insurance agent. Your agent will need a copy of the official police report for your claim. Your agent will also use the list of any times you had in your car at the time of the theft to see if any are covered. Your agent will work with your insurance company to provide you with help on any coverage you have for stolen vehicles under your automobile insurance poilicy.
The good news is, auto theft is actually down from previous years. Part of the reason for this is the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS). This system records title information from all fifty states. Previously, if a stolen vehicle was taken across state lines, the car could be registered with a clean title. Today, the NMVTIS stops the clean title from being issued by the states who use this system.