Car theft is not a new topic in Australia. While it is not something you expect to happen to you, your car might be part of the 144 thefts per day stats. What should you do in such a case?
Immediately you realize your car is stolen, call the police. If you reach the police in time, they may be able to track and find your car. Usually, officers on duty will be informed to keep an eye on the roads for your car. When reporting, provide the police with your car’s make and model, color, year, registration and VIN numbers.
Second, call your insurance company. Your insurance company will advise you on the steps to follow to claim compensation or benefits such reimbursement on hired cars. When reporting, your insurer will need you to provide details of the theft, your insurance number and level, and a police report number.
Record all the items that were in the car at the time of the theft. Give this list to the police as you record your statement to ensure that everything is recovered. If a business car is stolen, ask your insurer how that affects your public liability insurance.
Call other service providers that may help keep your protected or get your car back. If you have installed a tracker on your car, call your tracker company to help you locate the car. If you feel like your home security has been compromised, call a locksmith to install new locks.
Lastly, you need to stay calm. While it may not be easy sitting pretty when your car is stolen, try and not panic. When you panic, you do not think clearly. When you panic, you forget important details that can help you recover your car; details such as CCTV and neighbors who might have seen the thieves.