Someone has abandoned a junk car on the street near my house. Can the police get rid of it?
The Durham Police Department can only tow abandoned vehicles that are on the public streets or highways of our city. If the vehicle is a danger to motorists (i.e. left in the roadway) then we can tow it immediately. If it is parked out of the travel lane, we have to tag the car and send the owner a notice to move the car. If it is not moved in 7 days, we will then tow it. If the vehicle is on your property, contact a towing company (look in the yellow pages of your phone book under "towing"). They will remove the vehicle at no cost to you.

For abandoned vehicles on property where the owner is unknown to you, call the City of Durham Department of Housing and Community Development at 919-560-4570.

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25. Can I make a police report at any time of day and do I need to make an appointment?
26. Can I make a police report over the telephone or does a police officer have to come to my house?
27. Is there a waiting period before I can report someone missing?
28. Someone has abandoned a junk car on the street near my house. Can the police get rid of it?
29. Where can I learn more about the Citizens Police Academy?
30. How do I find out more about National Night Out?
31. I do not have any transportation and have to get somewhere. Can a police officer give me a ride?
32. I have left my spouse and am living elsewhere but I need to get my clothing and other items. Can the police help me?
33. I need to get a message to someone that does not have a telephone. Can the Police Department go to the person's home and deliver the message?
34. My family and I are going on vacation. Can the police keep an eye on our home while we are gone?
35. We have a problem with speeders in our neighborhood. What can I do about it?
36. What happens to unclaimed property?
37. I have been charged with a traffic infraction or a crime. Can I reschedule the court appearance date?