When we experience unforeseen events, like our car being stolen, it can leave us rattled and unable to think clearly. We get flustered, especially when we aren’t sure what to do next. That’s why BCIC has compiled this five step guide to help you if your ride is jacked. Check them out here:
- Retrace your steps
We know that sometimes you can forget that you parked your vehicle somewhere else and you find yourself panicking after discovering that your car is not where you thought you parked. Haha, it happens to the best of us! Here’s a tip: Ensure that you do not park in a no-parking zone. Your car could be towed and later impounded. Follow the rules of the road, and keep your cash in your pocket!
- Call the police
If you retraced your steps but are still unable to find your car, then what are you waiting for? Report your car to the police as soon as you discover that it’s nowhere to be found. You will need to file a police report, in which you describe your car, the colour, any distinct features, the make, model and year of your car. Here’s a tip: Ensure that you have important documents such as car registration, licence plate number, motor vehicle insurance and vehicle identification number on you. If you can, don’t leave them in the vehicle. You can even leave the original documents in a safe place at home.
- Assess the valuables that were in your car
It is important to take a step back and try to remember the items that were in your car. You may not remember every item but it is important to have an idea. Alert the police about any important documents or valuables that were in the stolen car. Here’s a tip: Get a letter from the police, which you can use to go to the various government agencies to obtain your documents. But let’s be honest, it’s best that you don’t leave valuables in your vehicle at all.
- Call your insurance company
After you have reported the incident to the police and have assessed your belongings, you need to contact the company you’re insured with and make a report. Here’s a tip: Ensure you know what your insurance covers, the steps you need to take and the relevant information needed to fill out the claims form. Check out the claims process here on our website.
- Get help from other persons
No man is an island! Never be afraid to ask persons who are near the vicinity of the incident for help. Here’s a tip: You can ask the security personnel in the nearby buildings. If your car is stolen in your community, such as a public driveway, ask your neighbours if they noticed any suspicious persons lurking around in the neighbourhood. The more people helping you, the better. An extra pair of eyes can do wonders!
Getting your car stolen can be overwhelming, but we encourage you to take these necessary steps immediately. Use these steps, and remember to report the stolen car to the police and your insurer as early as possible.