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Report your vehicle as stolen

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Advice on what you need to do if your vehicle is stolen.

How to report a stolen vehicle

If your vehicle has been stolen in Nottinghamshire, please call Nottinghamshire Police using the 101 non-emergency number.

What information will I be asked for?

  • The time of the offence or the times between leaving and returning to your vehicle.
  • Where your vehicle was stolen from.
  • Whether you noticed any suspicious activity in the area at the time of the offence.
  • Your vehicle make, model, colour and registration number.
  • Details of what other items were in the vehicle (such as mobile phones and satellite navigation devices) and any identifiable features and serial numbers.
  • Contact information – including your email address – for us to contact you for more information.

What happens next

What we will do with your report

When we will contact you

Once you have reported your vehicle as stolen, we may re-contact you to ask for more information about the incident to help determine how likely it is that we will identify those responsible and whether there are grounds to continue the investigation.

Tracing your vehicle

The Police National Computer (PNC) will be updated with a record that your vehicle has been reported stolen. This means, if it is checked by a police officer or an automatic number plate reader system (ANPR), it will be highlighted and acted upon.

Recovering your vehicle if it is found

When you reported your vehicle stolen, you should have been asked if you wanted the Police Duty Garage Scheme to recover it if it is later found and that a charge would apply for this service. Further advice on recovering your vehicle if it is found is available on our Recovering your vehicle web page.

Will an officer visit me?

An officer may visit you if further investigation is required and there is a good possibility of identifying those responsible. This decision will made by considering a number of factors, including whether there is:

  • Clear evidence left at the scene that could identify the offender(s), such as discarded clothing or other items and samples of blood that could be recovered from the scene.
  • A witness who saw the incident and can provide substantial information about the offender(s).
  • Any CCTV in the area that is likely to have recorded the offence taking place.

What information we will provide to you

Where it is decided that an investigation is not likely to identify the offender, you will be provided with a crime reference number. You will need to provide this to your insurance company if you intend to make a claim.

How we will keep you informed

We will keep you informed if your vehicle is recovered or there is any significant progress in the investigation, including when a suspect is arrested or charged in connection with the offence. We will also inform you if it is decided not to investigate your report further.

Who else do I need to inform?

  • After reporting your vehicle as stolen, you will also need to inform your insurance company if you intend to make a claim for the theft of your vehicle.
  • Nottinghamshire Police will automatically pass on details of any vehicles reported as stolen to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency), who we will also update if and when the vehicle is recovered.
  • The gov.uk website offers additional advice on what to do if your vehicle has been stolen.

What support am I entitled to as a victim of crime?

We will explain your entitlements as a victim of crime to you when you report your incident to us, with more information about your entitlements available on our victim information web page.