Find Stolen Cars

Describe your idea:

If your car is stolen type in the registration to a central database. This links to the ANPR database – which is capturing millions of car journeys every day – to see if and where it appears. If it is on a regular basis the opportunity to locate it will be increased. One could either tell the local Police, insurance company or even a private bounty hunter to recover your property.

What problem does it solve?:

Cars are stolen but as they are insured it is a low priority crime. There may be an opportunity to use all that data being captured “on our behalf” to locate our property. There may be a data protection issue – but the authenticity of the enquirer can be ascertained by them having details from the log book.

Type of idea: A brand new project


  1. I agree, I don’t think that mySociety ought to be doing this.

    In any case, tracking stolen cars using numberplates relies on criminals not changing the numberplates, which I guess they do as a matter of course.