Should You Report a Car Break-in if Nothing Was Stolen?

Yes, there could be minor damage to your car—like broken glass or dents—that wasn’t immediately apparent but could become more apparent later on as a result of someone breaking into your car.

If this happens and you don’t report it now, you may find yourself with a much larger bill when you do go to get repairs done. Even if nothing was taken from your car, there might be evidence left behind that can help the police identify who broke in and why they did it.

Even though the police will often send out an officer to take a report regardless of whether anything was stolen or not, they’ll be able to use this information to look for patterns in break-ins where nothing was taken at all.

They may also be able to use this information to catch the person who broke into your car before they have time to break into someone else’s vehicle as well.

Report it immediately

Your first step should be to call the police and report that your vehicle has been broken into. Keep in mind: this will not only help them investigate the crime and potentially catch the perpetrator, but it can also help their investigation if they find other related crimes committed around the same time by the same people.

Find out if anything was stolen

The next thing you’ll want to do is make sure nothing was stolen from your vehicle. This includes things like valuable items, cash, or even sentimental items like family photos if any of these were taken by someone breaking into your car, they could be sold on the black market or used as collateral for something else illegal.

This can help law enforcement keep track of what’s happening with each item so they can recover them later if necessary. It also helps them determine how much damage has been done by looking at how much money was taken versus how much damage was done breaking in since.

What are the consequences of not reporting a car break-in?

The consequences of not reporting a car break-in depend on where you live. In some states, there are laws against leaving your car unlocked with valuables in plain sight so if you leave your purse or briefcase in plain view without locking your vehicle, then an opportunistic thief might just take advantage of that opportunity.

It isn’t necessary to leave valuables out in order for someone to break into your car they can simply break a window or break into an unlocked door in order to gain access to whatever treasures may be inside.

You were in the car at the time of the break-in

If you were in the car at the time of the break-in, you should report it to the police. Even if nothing was stolen, you can still help catch the person who broke into your car.

If nothing was stolen, the police can use what’s left behind to try to identify who broke into it. If they left a fingerprint or a hair strand behind, they can use that evidence to match it with evidence from other crime scenes.

The police also need to know about these kinds of break-ins so they can keep track of how many are happening in their area and where most of them are happening.

How can you prevent them?

You get to your car, and it’s been broken into. You check the contents of your glove compartment, see that nothing is missing, and are left wondering if you really need to report the incident.


If you find yourself in a situation where your car has been broken into and nothing has been taken, you shouldn’t hesitate to report it. If you’re not sure if you should report it to the police, just do it!

Steven Hatman
Steven Hatman

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