Our society battles with the consciousness of theft. Systems have been put in place to limit theft in our homes, office and organization, but this is a problem that permeates every aspect of society. Theft is associated with crime involving stolen property.
Therefore, it is important to learn what to do when your valuables are stolen, how to recover them, and what to do to prevent the loss in the first place. So, here are some notable facts to consider:
- It is important to keep important information on hand like receipts, serial numbers and Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN). These records make the search for stolen goods easier.
- Use digital trackers, whether it’s an app or tracking device, place digital beacons on your valuables like car or laptop. This can help in their recovery when stolen.
- Always lock it up; locking your vehicle discourages theft especially in public places. Engage steering wheel lock and GPS trackers.
- In the case of a stolen vehicle, call the police, and inform the insurance company if you have full coverage. You may also find leads by searching the markets for car parts. Many stolen vehicles get dissected and sold for parts. Automated system can help you identify the parts of the stolen car. Report the findings to the police and let them take it from there.
- Ensure to install anti-theft apps to new device when you get them
- It is also imperative to insure your valuables. This is important, because insurance can compensate for the loss of insured goods or valuables. Most people find the payment of insurance monthly premiums a little tedious but when considered in the general scheme of things, it is beneficial to insure your property. All you need to do is get a good insurance manager with a good and easy plan.
- Installation of security cameras and smart door bell in residential areas and offices helps in preventing loss of property.
Burglars and thieves usually steal valuables to turn to profit. For vehicles, bikes, laptops, smartphones or other valuables, file a police report and law enforcement will notify you if found. Contact insurance providers, so compensation can be made.
Sadly, only about a quarter of stolen items are recovered. Still file a police report as it can help in recovering the property or if it’s used for any nefarious purposes, you could be implicated.