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Stolen car spotters around the country are already being rewarded for their efforts by texting at 8811.

Since its launch last week, has logged over 3,000 registered users and received over 5,000 texts from members of the public. These have resulted in three car recoveries so far earning members of the public the $150 spotter reward. director Frank de Jong says there are also another 43 cases still under investigation which could result in a rewards being paid.

"Of the three recoveries this week two were in Auckland and one in Invercargill," says de Jong.

"The most recent was a car stolen on Wednesday night. The number plate was texted in Thursday morning, the car recovered and back to the owner by mid afternoon.

"Importantly there was minimal damage because it was recovered so quickly." asks members of the public to report cars they believe are stolen simply by texting the car's registration plate to Spotter at 8811.

If the text leads to the direct recovery of a stolen car, the person who reports the vehicle receives a minimum spotters fee of $150. For high value cars the spotter reward may be as much as $10,000.

Anyone can search for suspicious cars on the Spotter website become a registered user and be notified of missing vehicles in their region.

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