Stolen cars are an epidemic in South Africa with a vehicle being stolen every nine minutes. That means that there’s a fair chance it could happen to you. So we’re telling you how to report stolen cars, so that if the worst happens, you’ll know what to do.
Where to Report Stolen Cars
Stolen cars can happen at any time and anywhere, so if you find your parking space empty the first thing that you’re going to need to do is to call the police department. Should you call the emergency number? Probably not, since 10111 is reserved for emergencies. In general, stolen cars should be reported to your local police station. You can easily find the number to report a crime online. However, if you’re desperate, or outside of your local area, then you can try calling the emergency number, where an operator will probably patch you through to the local station.
How to Report Stolen Cars
The process of reporting stolen cars is simple, and there’s little that you’ll need to do. The police department will ask you questions and fill out all the paperwork for you, though you’ll almost certainly need to go down to the station and sign the report. In order to report stolen cars it’s helpful to have as much information as you can to help the police. The more prepared you are, the better, so even if your car hasn’t been stolen then you might want to pay attention to the next section!
What Kind of Information Do I Need?
Copies of your driving licence, vehicle title and vehicle registration are always helpful, though police will be able to get this information from eNaTIS (the online system that stores traffic and car information in South Africa). Presenting them with copies may save you a little time though.
You’ll need as much info as you can get your hands on about your vehicle too. That includes the make, model, year and colour, as well as the VIN (vehicle identification number- often found on the driver’s side corner of the dashboard where it meets the windshield, or inside the driver’s door close to the latch). Try and remember any distinguishing features about your car, such as scratches or dents, that can help police easily identify your vehicle from a longer distance.
Any Other Considerations When Reporting Stolen Cars?
You should ask for a copy of the police report when reporting stolen cars, since your insurance company may require this. And don’t forget that once you’ve made a police report you should call your insurance company to report the theft. If you happen to have a full roadside assistance membership either through your car insurance company or privately, you might find that they will help you report stolen cars.
Also, keep in mind that time is important. Many stolen cars are used to commit other crimes, so it’s important that the police know that you were not involved and that your vehicle was not in your possession.
Of course, the easiest thing is not to have to report stolen cars at all! Car alarm systems can help with this, but there are other ways to prevent your car from being stolen. Do keep in mind that some vehicles are simply bigger targets than others (check out The Most Stolen Cars in South Africa to find out if your car features on this list), which is something to remember when car shopping.
Stolen Cars: Bottom Line Time
Sadly, stolen cars happen all the time, but if you’re the victim of car theft then at least now you’ll know what to do. Hopefully, you have great car insurance, meaning that a stolen car is more of an inconvenience than a financial burden. Report the crime as soon as you can and, even if the police can’t recover your vehicle, your insurance company should be able to start the claims process so that you can be compensated.
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