Quick Answer: How Do I Report Something Stolen?

Part 2 Reporting Theft

  • Call the police. You should call the police as soon as possible and report that you have been robbed.
  • Fill out a police report. You may need to stop into the police station and fill out a police report.
  • File an insurance claim.
  • Contact credit card companies.
  • Report identity theft.

How do I report online theft?

Report Internet Fraud

If you believe you’re a victim of internet fraud or cyber crime, report it to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3). Or, you can use the FBI’s online tips form. Your complaint will be forwarded to federal, state, local, or international law enforcement.

How long do you have to report something stolen?

Typically, petty offenses like traffic accidents, vandalism, or minor theft have a one-year statue, meaning a bystander has a time limit of one year to file a police report for the crime. As for misdemeanor crimes, there is generally a two-year statute, while felones have a five-year statute.

How do I file a police report for a stolen phone?

You should report it to your local police station as soon as you can by calling 101 or going in person. Your network provider will give you your phone’s identification number (IMEI), which you should pass on to the police. Make a note of the crime reference number – you’ll need it if you want to claim on insurance.

Do Police Investigate Stolen Phones?

The Police have two methods for tracking your phone when it’s stolen, they can use your phone number or your IMEI number. Because the IMEI number is registered to your specific handset the Police will be able to track the device itself, even if the SIM card has been changed.

What number do I call to report a theft?

If you want to report a minor crime, such as a stolen mobile phone, you should go to your nearest police station to report it, or call your local police in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland by dialling 101. You should call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response.

How can I report identity theft?

File a report with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at IdentityTheft.gov. You can also call the FTC Identity Theft Hotline at 1-877-438-4338 or TTY 1-866-653-4261. Contact one of the three major credit bureaus to place a fraud alert on your credit records: Equifax: 1-888-766-0008.

Can I press charges for theft?

If the police do not arrest the offender but there is evidence of a misdemeanor or petty crime (less serious offenses than a felony) the police can file a criminal complaint or other charging document in court. This will be mailed to the defendant and requires the defendant to appear in court and answer to the charges.

Do pawn shops check if items are stolen?

A pawn shop is basically a loan provider with your stuff as collateral. After a certain amount of time, if you do not repay the loan, they sell it. If the merchandise comes up as stolen with the police, the ID info is also given to the police. Now, the police have recovered the item and know who stole it.

Can you be charged with theft without evidence?

A person can be arrested for a crime if the police have probable cause that a crime has been committed. A prosecutor can only file a formal charge if there is proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime was committed.