Would you know what to do if your car was stolen? Find out how to report a theft, recover your car, make a claim and ways you can keep your vehicle safe.
Try not to panic - give yourself a few minutes to think.
It might sound daft, but we all do it. You parked up and rushed off to work, to do the shopping or pick up the kids and didn't look back. If you think your car is stolen but there’s a possibility you’ve parked it elsewhere and forgotten, give yourself a moment to double-check where you parked it.
It’s possible your car has been towed by your local authority - check with your council who to call to trace your car, sometimes it’s the police non-emergency number (101).
If you’re in London, you can use the online TRACE service – you just enter your number plate and it instantly tells you if your car has been impounded, and where.
If you follow these steps and still have reason to think your car has been stolen, you’ll need to report it to the police.
You might get a discount on your car insurance if you fit an anti-theft device
The harder it is to steal your car, the less likely it is thieves will try. That means less risk of a claim for your insurer
Prevent your vehicle from being stolen and yourself from getting hurt:
Be alert to common carjacking scams, like objects being left in the road to make you leave your car to move them
Lock your car doors from the inside if you don’t feel safe and don’t leave your keys in the ignition when your car is unattended
A good car alarm and immobiliser can put thieves off and are a small price to pay if it keeps you and your car safe
Park in a safe, well-lit space
Last checked 27 August 2019