- Call 911
- Call your insurance provider and file an insurance claim
- Make a list of items stolen from your car
Now that you’ve alerted the necessary people, here’s what to watch for in the days and weeks after auto theft happens.
What did you have in your car that may have included your address or any other personal information? Was your registration in your glove compartment? Your address may be printed on it. A thief can take that information and use it to steal your identity. Did you have any bills, paid or unpaid, in your car? Any mail? A thief can use these to access your personal information and commit identity theft. Make sure to look around your car every time you get out and take any items that include your address or personal information.
Did you leave your garage door opener in your car? A spare set of keys? If a thief found these and your registration or insurance information, he has your address and a way into your home. This is a dangerous combination, because now a thief can break into your home, and ruin your life.