The reasons for towing vehicles range from retrieving an abandoned vehicle to traffic accidents to arrests. There are still cases in which vehicles may be towed/impounded, including if the vehicle is a safety hazard; the vehicle is needed for evidence in a hit-and-run or some other traffic accident; a street storage violation; a violation of Proof of Liability Insurance, Failure to Provide Proof of Ownership, Operation without Registration, Fraudulent Use of Registration, or False Use of Registration; or the vehicle needs to be impounded for a criminal investigation.  In addition, an officer could seek a warrant to impound depending on circumstances of the incident.

It is recommended that owners of towed/impounded vehicles contact the Cedar Rapids Police Department, Property Division, for more information.

Statistics for Cedar Rapids Police Department Vehicle Tows from 2017-2019:

In 2017, there were 2,824 total vehicles towed; in 2018, there were 2,041 total vehicles towed; and in 2019, there were 1,857 total vehicles towed. These numbers do not include no preference/owner requested tows.

Contact Information: 

Hours for the Property Division are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., except on City holidays. Please call 319-286-5305 menu option “1”.

Contact information:
Property Division
319-286-5305 menu option "1"

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed on City holidays

“Darrah’s, Inc.,” Hiawatha, Iowa, is our current contract tow service provider, with a contract renewal for the period October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2022.  They can be contacted at 319-363-7900 for additional questions.

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