They’re cunning, sneaky and they take your stuff and your vehicles. Thieves can strike your vehicle whether it’s a rental or not, or even whether you’re driving or not. Here are some tips to avoid thefts and break-ins of your car.
Having your rental car stolen can ruin your vacation or trip, especially if your luggage and personal items were in the vehicle. And if your own car is stolen or broken into, it can leave you feeling vulnerable. Here are some tips to prevent theft and break-ins at home and away.
If your car or rental is stolen, it’s important to first call the police to report the stolen vehicle. Give them any information about your vehicle. If you have your rental information with you, give them the VIN# as well. Report any stolen items that were in the vehicle at the time.
After you speak to police, call your insurance company to report your stolen or damaged car even if it’s the rental car. If you have a rental car, call the rental car company to inform them of the situation and get another rental vehicle.
You may think that it could never happen to you, but carjackings are on the rise. Most carjackings occur with the purpose of stealing the vehicle.
Carjackings can happen no matter where you are or what country you’re in, but there are a few tips to help avoid being a victim.
In case of a carjacking, the U.S. Department of State recommends doing the following:
There are two options during an attack - nonresistive, nonconfrontational behavior and resistive or confrontational behavior. Your reaction should be based on certain factors:
In the nonconfrontational situation, you would:
In a resistive or confrontational response, you would make a decision to escape or attack the carjacker. Before doing so, consider:
In most instances, it is probably safest to give up your vehicle.
If you are the victim of a carjacking, call the police immediately for help. You will want to follow-up with your car insurance company and, if it’s a rental car, the rental car company.