Reporting stolen vehicles
How to report a stolen vehicle
Every day a number of vehicles are stolen from their owners. A vehicle can sometimes be stolen as a result of carelessness on the part of the owner. For example, by leaving your vehicle unlocked or unattended in public places.
If your vehicle is stolen, you should report this to the Gardaí immediately and you should call your insurance company.
Report the stolen vehicle to the Gardaí
You should report this to the Gardaí immediately, either in person or by telephone. You can find the location of your nearest Garda Station on Garda.ie. You can report a stolen vehicle online, if the vehicle is worth less than €1,000. Complete an Online Crime Declaration on garda.ie.
Make sure you have your vehicles:
- Registration number
- Make and model
Vehicles that are reported as stolen are entered on a central database that all Garda stations in Ireland can access. Vehicles reported as stolen can be monitored and tracked by the Gardaí across the country.
Call your insurance company
Your insurance company will tell you how to make an insurance claim.
How to prevent your car from being stolen
It's important to be aware of the potential risks when you leave your vehicle unattended (for even a few moments) in a public place. It's also important to be aware about parking, particularly when you park in daylight but return much later in darkness.
These are some general safety tips:
- Park in a well-lit area if possible
- Make sure your car is locked and your car alarm is switched on, or use a steering lock
- Do not leave valuables inside the car
- Never leave your car running and unattended
- Store your keys safely, away from windows and letterboxes in your home
If you are buying a second hand car, and want to find out about the things you should check beforehand, read our document on buying a used car.