What to Do When Your Car Has Been Stolen

Stolen Car & Auto Insurance Westminster CACar theft is an unpleasant experience so these steps walk you through the process of handling it.

Once every forty-four seconds, a car is stolen within the United States. With that frightening statistic, it’s important to know how to handle the situation, should you ever be a victim of vehicle theft.

Consider If It Was Stolen

Reduce the onset of panic by thinking for a minute before reporting your car stolen. Your car may have been towed if you were parked in a ‘No Parking’ zone, it could be in the east garage and you are in the west garage, or it could have been collected if you are behind on your loan or lease payment. Take a moment to make sure there is no other explanation for the absence of your car.

Report It

Once you have evaluated the situation and are certain that your car has been stolen, you need to call the police to file a report. Give a detailed description of your vehicle, and if possible, your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), registration, license plate number, and driver’s license number.

Handle GPS

To recover stolen vehicles, it may be possible to track your car by using GPS technology. If your vehicle has any type of system that may help locate it, notify the police.

Call Your Auto Insurance Company

Be sure to notify your insurer to let them know that your car has been stolen. This is particularly important as the insurance provider can help protect you in case your car is used to cause harm or damage.

Prevent Theft

Make sure to hide personal or valuable belongings when leaving your car, roll the windows up, and always lock your car when you are leaving it. If you are storing valuables in your car, be sure to put them in the trunk before arriving to your destination, as if someone sees you relocate your laptop to your trunk and then leave your car, it may encourage theft.

The best way to protect your belongings and car is to make sure you have comprehensive coverage which typically covers losses due to theft, as part of your auto insurance policy. For auto insurance in San Gabriel and Westminster in California, contact Pulp Street Insurance Agency. We provide each individual with a tailored policy to suit them. Contact us today!

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