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Acting Fast: What to do if Your Car is Stolen
It’s next to impossible to know what can happen to your car when it’s out of your sight. There are a few things you can do to prevent it, but sometimes, bad luck can present itself. According to FBI reports, approximately 699,594 vehicles were reported stolen nationwide in 2013. Though there has been a gradual decline in thefts, it’s still a threat. Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you regain some control if you should ever find your car stolen.
It certainly can be a terrible feeling knowing that your car has been stolen. While it can be jarring, it’s crucial to always double check before taking any other action. Many would-be stolen car situations end up being a simple case of forgetting where the vehicle was parked.
The key is to not panic. Underserved panic can make the situation worse. Gather your thoughts and think hard about where you parked. Also, try to remember whether you parked in a no-parking zone or had unpaid fines that resulted in your car getting towed.
Make the Call
If certain your car has been stolen, quickly call the police. Like most criminal cases, the sooner the police begin the investigation, the better the chance of it being solved. When the police arrive, be sure to provide as much information as possible. Your car’s make and model, its color, your license plate and VIN numbers are all vital info to give authorities. If your vehicle has distinctive features, such as dents in a certain spot or numerous bumper stickers, it can help make the search easier.
When filing a report, provide enough information so your case can be added to national and statewide records. This can make it harder for the thief to resell or retitle your car. If your vehicle comes equipped with a service like OnStar, it could also help to give them a call. These services can sometimes track your vehicle via GPS and may even slow or shut it down.
Get Your Insurer Involved
After filing a report with authorities, call your insurance company to let them know your car has been stolen. This is absolutely vital for making a proper claim and protecting yourself if your vehicle causes harm or damage while it’s out of your possession. Always give as much information as possible, including any personal property that may have been in the car when it was stolen. Time is vital in this situation, so don’t put it off.
Don’t Wait Any Longer
No matter what happens on or off the road, Shepard Walton King is ready to keep you covered. We understand how big an investment a vehicle is for you and your family. We’ll work hard to make sure you’re prepared if the unthinkable happens. If you would like to know more about how we can work for you, contact us online or call 800.446.2471.