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Editor's review

Published 20 Mar 2019

Amazingly enough, it's reckoned that between 700,000 and 1 million vehicles are stolen every year in the US, depending on which figures you believe. Just think about that figure. To make it easier, we'll do the stats on the lower figure. At 700,000 that's nearly 60,000 per month, close to 14,000 per week or damn near 2,000 vehicles per day. You've got to think that law enforcement is fighting a losing battle with those kinds of figures. Clearly, there just aren't enough police on the streets of America and they need a hand. So, both this reviewer and an enterprising and innovative app developer can see room for some help for them. And that's why we are introducing a new app into the arena called StolenCar today. 

This new free app for Android and iOS calls itself 'The Nation’s Neighborhood Watch for Stolen Vehicles' and provides access to a geographically relevant 'hot sheet' of missing or stolen vehicles. It's an all-encompassing and easy to use app. Just take a photo of any suspicious vehicle's license plate and you can check it against the database of stolen vehicles or simply submit it for confirmation through the app. StolenCar will take it from there. Information on a missing vehicle that leads to its recovery will result in a generous cash and non-cash prize being awarded to the information provider.

So, how does it work and is there any personal danger involved, I'm hearing you say? Well, once you've signed up you will be given a list of license plates of all the vehicles that have been stolen within 50 miles of your location. You'll also get a description of the vehicle along with a map showing its last known location. If you spot one of the vehicles and it matches the plate and description on the list you can take a photo of the plate and register it through the app. Alternatively, you can simply report it to your local law enforcement agency before registering it with StolenCar will check it against their extensive local and national stolen car databases and, if you are the first to register it and it's proven to be stolen, you get the reward. It's as simple as that. 

The FBI released a report recently stating that the combined theft of all vehicles in the US and Canada added up to an astonishing US$7 billion in losses annually so you can see that there's a lot of money on the table here. That averages out to about $7,680 per theft. This constitutes a huge financial loss for companies and individuals who haven't taken out theft insurance, not to mention the vast cost to insurance companies themselves. Let's not forget that much of that cost gets passed on to all of us via higher premiums.

StolenCar: The Nation’s Neighborhood Watch for Stolen Vehicles is designed to help out law enforcement agencies and insurance companies as well as regular vehicle owners by empowering everyday citizens to make it more difficult for car thieves to hide their treasure chest of stolen vehicles. This comprehensive app also helps regular folks retrieve their beloved stolen vehicles by adding them to the database while also giving car buyers all the information they need when buying a used car. No one wants to unwittingly become a part of the problem themselves by buying a stolen vehicle. If you've had your own vehicle stolen you can broadcast an APB and send emails and push notifications to members in the vicinity where it was taken to help you get it back. 

StolenCar aims to combat the vehicle theft epidemic that invades the country and to reduce the ability of car thieves to get away with their dishonest ways. Not only that but the reward system puts money in the pockets of honest citizens who have an inquisitive nature, have plenty of time on their hands and with little risk to themselves. It's totally free and available right now for iPhone, iPad and Android from the relevant app store.

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