New city website tracks location of impounded vehicles

09/06/2013 4:37 PM

09/06/2013 4:37 PM

The city of Wichita has launched a link that allows residents whose vehicles have been impounded to learn quickly where they have been taken.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 vehicles are impounded in a given year, said Capt. Gavin Seiler of the police property crimes unit. They are typically impounded if they’ve stalled or been in an accident and create a traffic hazard.

“If their car was impounded, it should be in the system within about two hours,” Seiler said.

The city contracts with six towing companies to handle impounds. The site doesn’t include information on vehicles towed privately, he said.

Residents will need their vehicle identification number or license plate number to find their vehicle, Seiler said. To find their vehicle, residents must go to www.wichita.gov and click on the impound box, which has the image of a tow truck on it. They then type in their VIN or license plate number.

Seiler said the new site is intended to save time for both city staff and residents whose vehicles have been impounded.

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