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What To Do If Your Car Is Stolen

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What To Do If Your Car Is Stolen

  • Don’t panic. Double check to make sure you didn’t simply forget where you parked or parked somewhere that would cause your car to be towed.
  • Call the police. Report the theft and be as detailed as you can – make, model, license plate number. Also report any valuables you had inside the car, such as computers, firearms, etc.
  • Call your insurance company. They need to know you’re not the one driving your car at the moment.
  • Assess security threats. Cancel any credit or debit cards that may have been left in the car. If your work ID badge was in the car, notify your company. If house keys or a garage door opener were in the car, change the locks.
  • Post about it on social media. This does two things: gets your friends looking for your car and makes them more careful about their own cars.
  • If you happen to locate your car, it is important to call police and not get in or move the vehicle until police have had the opportunity to check out the car and remove it from the national stolen vehicle database.  Police treat auto theft as a dangerous situation, you do not want them to mistake you for the person who stole your car!

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