1. Take action immediately. By taking action immediately, victims improve their chances for finding the stolen items or the people who took them. One of the reasons for this is because people typically remember more details when the occurrence is fresh in their memory. As each hour passes while waiting to file a claim, details become hazy or may be forgotten completely. When filing a report, be sure to politely ask for the names of the officers responding to the incident. Ask for a copy of the report when it is ready.
2. Take as many photos as possible. Taking pictures of stolen items helps police officers find the items. Provide copies of receipts, records of serial numbers or other identifying details. Ask a police officer for the case number when filing a report. This will make it easier to find updated information upon request in the future, and using case number references saves time for busy law enforcement agents who have a great deal of responsibilities each day.
3. Request a copy of the entire police report. Always request a copy of the report, and make sure the officers know that the report is requested for reference and possible insurance claims. Look over the report for any errors or information that may have been forgotten. If any information was forgotten, tell the officer before he or she leaves the scene. Since insurance compensation depends on report accuracy, this is a very important tip to remember.
4. Conduct followups from time to time. Since law enforcement officers have many serious crimes to deal with, theft cases often get pushed lower on the priority list when filers do not follow up with their reports. Call several times each month to check on the status of the report. Ask if any new items have been added to the police's property collection.
Every person should file a police report for stolen goods. The report may lead the police to a thief and help them catch that person before he or she steals from someone else. The report may be the difference of having to pay for the loss out of pocket or having the benefit of an insurer cover it. It also serves as a record in the event that any other issues come up in the future relating to the incident. For more information and to review your coverage before a claim call us 314-351-HALO(4256)