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4 Steps for Reporting an Auto Theft

Having your vehicle stolen can leave you feeling distraught and unsure of what to do. Follow these steps to report an automobile theft:

  1. Call the police. The sooner you contact authorities, the greater the chances of recovery. Relay all pertinent information to the police: the vehicle’s last location, identification number and description. Some insurance companies will not assist you in a stolen vehicle claim unless a police report has been filed.
  2. Contact your insurance company. Notify your insurance company of the incident as soon as possible. This way, you may not be held responsible if the vehicle is involved in any incidents while out of your possession.
  3. Notify your leasing or financing company. If you’re leasing or financing your vehicle, be sure to notify the leasing or financial office of the theft so they can begin working with your insurance company and get the claims process moving faster.
  4. Report that your car has been stolen to the DMV. State departments of motor vehicles have a stolen vehicle database that can assist the police in recovering your vehicle.