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What Should Be Done After Your Car Has Been Broken Into—A Guide

According to the FBI, theft on automobile, buses, trucks and scooters were about $6 billion in 2017 with $7,708 on an average day. Every 40.9 seconds, motor vehicle theft was reported. These criminals manage to devise innovative ways to break-in—acquiring smart keys, using stolen identities or switching vehicle identification numbers. So what happens if you’ve been a victim of vandalism on your car?

Record the Damage

If your car has been broken into, instead of moving or entering the car, document the break-in for details. Start by taking pictures of the damaged goods for evidence. Pay special attention to windows, doors and tires. In addition to all this, draft a written statement listing all the damages. The more specific and in depth the documentation, the easier it will be to track down the intruder.

Notify the Cops

Contact law enforcement authorities to file a report as soon as you find out about the burglary. Depending on how serious the crime is, the process of reporting will differ. In most cases, the cops come to the scene of the crime or you would need to head to the station.

File a Claim

According to the NICB, there has been a 56% increase in theft and between 2016 to 2018 an average of 209 vehicles are being stolen every day. Depending on the damage done, it is imperative to get your insurance claimed.

Car Repair

Consulting a credible auto company to fix the damaged parts is necessary to avoid further break-ins or theft. If the dollar amount of the damages exceeds your deductible, you may want to file an insurance claim. Until your car gets fixed, make sure to park it in areas where it is secure and not an easy target for auto theft. Has your car been broken into? Time to address those repairs! Auto Glass in San Antonio offers 24-hour glass replacement and windshield repair. Contact us at 210-793-7115.

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