Having your auto glass damaged as a result of vandalism can be a very stressful event. To ensure that you are prepared for it before it happens, or to know what to do in the unfortunate event that vandalism has already occurred, read this article for advice on dealing with auto glass vandalism.
Call the Police
The first thing to do if your car has been vandalized or broken into is to call the police. After police arrive, they can fill out a police report, which is something that will be necessary when you file an insurance claim for damaged auto glass and other components. It’s also an important thing to do if you hope to increase the chances of catching the person or people who harmed your car.
Identify Missing Items
If your car’s windshield or any other auto glass was broken, it’s a good idea to check inside the car to see if anything was stolen. This can be included in the police report, which makes it possible for the police to keep an eye out for your belongings if they are ever found. Before the police arrive, check to see if any items have been stolen—just be sure that you don’t disrupt the scene or attempt to correct or clean the vandalism. If your credit cards were stolen, call your credit card company to cancel the cards. And if any keys were stolen, be sure that you get the locks in your house changed. Lastly, make sure that you report any stolen items to the police when they arrive on the scene.
File an Insurance Claim
If you have comprehensive auto insurance, you can call your insurance company and file an auto claim to be compensated for a certain amount of damage. You will have to provide a copy of the police report, as well as all of the receipts for repairs.
If your windshield or other auto glass was damaged because of vandalism or any sort of accident, get it repaired at Glass on the Move—a high-quality, family-operated auto glass repair shop that serves Oakland, Hayward, Berkeley, and surrounding areas. Visit our website for more information, and call us at (510) 338-4791 for more information.