Motor vehicle theft

What to do if your motor vehicle is stolen and how to make a report to Victoria Police.

Key crime prevention tips

To prevent theft of your motor vehicle you should:

  • lock all doors and close all windows
  • secure your keys
  • park in a well-lit and secure area.

Theft prevention checklist

Lock all doors and close all windows

  • Lock your car, even when parking at home, in your garage, or leaving your car for a moment.
  • Never leave your car running when unattended.
  • Close all windows, including the sunroof.
  • Keep your car locked while driving.
  • Install a car alarm.
  • Install anti-theft devices such as an alarm, engine immobiliser, steering wheel brake lock, a wheel lock or a GPS tracker.
  • Install a bonnet lock.

Secure your keys

  • Never leave your keys in your car.
  • Do not put your name and address on any keys – use a mobile phone number.
  • Keep spare car keys in a secure place at home or at work.

Park in a well lit and secure area

  • Park off the street. A locked garage is best or a driveway if you don’t have a garage.
  • If parked in a driveway, consider the installation of a sensor light and CCTV.
  • If you need to park on the street, park in a well-lit area.

What to do if your car has been stolen

If you car has been stolen:

  • Do not confront the thief. Your safety is more important than your possessions. 
  • Call your insurance company.

Report it

For emergencies, to report a crime in progress, or for immediate police attendance, call Triple Zero (000).

For non-emergencies, call the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

You will need the following information:

  • registration number and state registered 
  • vehicle make, model, year, body type and transmission (automatic or manual)
  • colour of body and upholstery
  • engine and VIN number
  • accessories fitted (for example, radio/speakers, anti-theft devices, LPG tank).

Vehicle tracking

  • Owners of some modern cars can track their car’s location through a mobile phone application.
  • Your car dealer can tell you if this is available, and how to access the application.
  • If your car is stolen, police may ask for your login information.


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