If your car has gone missing in London, follow the simple steps below to track it down or, in the worst case, report it as stolen.

Step 1: Check where you left it

It sounds ridiculous but if your car is missing our first advice is always to double check where you parked it. So often a missing car, presumed stolen, is exactly where the owner left it - they simply forgot.

Many cars these days come with GPS trackers to locate them if they are lost or stolen. If this is the case for your car, please contact your dedicated tracking service before contacting the Met - if the car genuinely appears to have been stolen they will usually contact us on your behalf.

Step 2: Contact TRACE

The second most common reason for a missing vehicle is that it has been removed by the council for illegal parking.

TRACE is the locating service for any vehicle that has been towed away by any council in London. TRACE can advise which pound the vehicle has been moved to and the procedure for release.

Unless you have reason to believe your car has been stolen, please call TRACE on 0845 206 8602 or visit trace.london

Step 3: Report it online

Click ‘Start’ below to complete our quick and simple online form.