Dec 7, 2015, 07:46 AM
The holidays are filled with well wishes, parties, beautiful décor, presents and, unfortunately, an increase in car break-ins. Too many shoppers return to their vehicles to find a smashed car window and missing valuables. The heart-sinking moment you discover you’ve been burglarized can be devastating. Here at Discount Auto Glass we want to make sure this doesn’t happen to you. There are a few steps to insure you get as much of your valuables back and damage covered as possible.
Report the vandalism and theft to the police.
Getting your stuff back may seem impossible, but there’s a chance to get it back if you act quickly. First and foremost, you must call the police and file a report. Let law enforcement know when and where your car was burglarized. Providing as much detail at the onset helps the police collect valuable information that could lead to apprehending the thief. Even if you aren’t able to get your stolen goods back, a police report with all damaged and stolen items is helpful when filing an insurance claim.
Take photos of all damage to your vehicle and keep them on file. This will help with criminal investigations and insurance claims. If you take the pictures with your phone, you should send those images to a family member or friend in case they ever get deleted from your phone or if you lose your phone.
Check what your insurance will cover.
After filing a police report and taking photos, contact your insurance carrier and see what your policy will cover. You may need to use different policies based on the type of incident or extent of damage to your vehicle. While your auto insurance may cover damages, your renters or homeowners insurance may be needed to cover stolen items.
Get the window repaired as soon as possible.
Don’t ignore a broken window for more than a day or two, especially during cold weather. Give our professionals at Discount Auto Glass a call to fix your broken window as soon as possible. Any form of broken glass compromises the integrity of your car and exposes your car interior to the elements. In fact, most insurance companies won’t cover any further damage to the interior of your car due to an unfixed window.
No one plans for his or her care to be broken into, especially during the holidays. It’s always best to be proactive, though. Here are some ways you can try to prevent it from happening again. Keeping your valuables out of plain sight is a way to keep burglars from seeing something they want inside your car. Some vehicles come equipped with a built in “security shade” to cover any cargo in the back of an SUV that could be seen through the rear windshield. You could also put valuables out of sight in your trunk or cover them with a blanket or jacket. While this isn’t a 100% plan to keep predators out, it can certainly help.
We hope you don’t experience a car theft or broken windows during the holidays, but if you do, the experts at Discount Auto Glass can make all needed glass repairs efficiently and cost-effectively. Simply call (501) 377-9597 or stop by any of our locations in central Arkansas to get a quote and let us know what we can do for you.