If you live in a neighborhood, you know that sometimes new things pop up. New neighbors may move in the neighborhood, homes may be rebuilt so that they look different, and new amenities and shops may crop up nearby. One of the most disturbing things that may happen is finding a new vehicle on your property. If you find a car on your property line that is unusual, here are a few steps to take.
Gather information from the neighbors
If your neighborhood has houses that look similar or driveways that are situated together it is possible that a neighbor's guest accidentally parked in your driveway. Even if the vehicle doesn't belong to a neighbor's guest, someone may have information on when they saw the car pull into the driveway and what the driver of the car looked like. This information can help you decide on your next steps. Also make sure to get in touch with family and friends in the event that someone had to leave a car at your place without being able to notify you.
Call a towing company
If you do not know who the car belongs to it is best to get the car towed. The car could have been stolen or used in a crime, thereby causing you and your family danger by leaving the vehicle on your property. Report the suspicious car in your driveway to the non-emergency police phone number. After you have reported the vehicle, you should get it towed with a professional tow company, like Standish Towing & Recovery Ltd. Many tow companies are required to report vehicles towed to the police, which will back up your prior claims.
Move your cars and avoid touching the vehicle
A random vehicle parked in your driveway could be from any place. If the car is stolen, you want to make sure that the car is not touched by anyone in your family, which would contaminate evidence or incriminate a family member in some way.
Act vigilant about trespassers
Cars are expensive investments. Whether the car was stolen or the owner parked it in your driveway, there is a high likelihood that they may come back to look for the vehicle. Keep a look out for suspicious activity in the neighborhood in the week after you found the car. If possible, set up a camera to catch any activity that may happen while you are gone. If it turns out the car was stolen, the evidence that you collect may be able to help crack the case and keep the neighborhood safe from future criminal activities.