Dialdirect Blog – My car’s been stolen. Now what?
You don’t want your car to be stolen, do you? Of course not. That’s why it’s super important to know what to do to try and stop that from happening. By doing the following things, you can help keep those thieves away:
- Park your car in a well-lit area.
- Don’t leave any parcels or valuable things on the seats.
- Increase your car’s security by installing a good alarm system, gear lock, steering wheel lock and immobiliser.
- Have a vehicle-tracking device fitted to your car.
- Repair broken windows or locks timeously.
- Check to see that your car is definitely locked and that remote jamming hasn’t happened.
- Check to see that you have not been followed home.
That panic that you feel after finding out that your car has been stolen mustn’t stop you from reporting it stolen. Many people are so shocked by the whole experience that they become flustered and forget what they should do. There are three very simple steps to follow if your car is stolen. By doing this, you will increase the chances of your car being recovered or replaced quickly.
Here’s what you need to do if your car is stolen:
- If you have a vehicle-tracking device installed, call your tracking company immediately to report the theft.
- Report it to the SAPS and file a stolen vehicle report within 48 hours.
- Make sure you have the vehicle details: model, colour, vehicle identification and registration numbers etc. available to assist with the identification and recovery of your car.
- Report your claim to your insurance company. If your car is stolen after hours, call your insurance company on the next working day.
Car theft still remains a major worry for South Africans and the short-term insurance industry. There isn’t a quick-fix for this problem, but better security is probably the best way to keep those thieves away, and the more deterrent you have the better.
With Dialdirect, you’ll know that your car is covered should anything happen. So do your thing and insure with us, you can get back ching.