Christmas season has arrived and, whether we like it or not, these are times where crimes spike high in the Philippines. In 2012, the late interior secretary Jesse Robredo ordered the National Capital Regional Police Office to do community-based crime prevention activities to counter the increase of crime incidents during the holiday season.
While there has been a decline on these incidents, the Philippine National Police (PNP) recently vowed to break the Christmas crime surge for this year. Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde plans on intensifying their anti-crime campaign to eradicate the traditional upsurge of crime in the Philippines during the September to December period.
Although this may be the case, leaving it all up to the police wouldn’t help at all. Crimes on property are mostly what’s targeted by bad people. Your home and car, which are the highest investments any person can make, are one of the most vulnerable. This is why people still must always take extra precaution, especially with where your car is parked in Metro Manila. To prove this, statistics show that in 2011, 8 out of 10 car theft occurred in the Metro. And even if the PNP has announced a 30% decrease on car theft this past year, Filipino drivers and motorists must still be careful.
It is really such a scary thought to think of. Having your car stolen? It is something you would never want to happen to you. Yet, being prepared on these kinds of circumstances may help increase the possibility of getting it back. Here are the things you must keep in mind:
Keep Calm and Ask
Think of reasons why your car is not where you left it. See if you parked on the right spot to eliminate the possibility of it being towed. Ask for help and people nearby if they saw anything out of the ordinary. If you come up with nothing, check the vicinity for any CCTVs.
Call The Police
Once sure, immediately report to the authorities that your car is missing. The sooner you let the police know about it, the better. Be ready to give out details regarding your car, as well as what happened or any information you got from any potential witnesses.
Inform Your Insurance Provider
After filing a police report, you should call your car insurance provider in the Philippines. It is imperative that you let them know to protect you from any legal implications if your stolen car was used for any crime. Let them know also what belongings were left. Malayan Automaster is a comprehensive car insurance policy in the Philippines’ leading non-life insurance company. Malayan Insurance can help secure your finances during this unfortunate event.
Inform Your Contacts
After informing the authorities and your insurance provider, let your family and friends know your situation. If you left valuables in the car, then immediately inform your bank and cellphone company (if on a plan) to do the appropriate measures to secure your account. Also check if you left the keys to your home so that you can immediately replace your locks.
Once you’ve done all of these, hope for the best that things would go your way. If not, might as well think of the next steps you should take and how you can better secure your investment next time. It’s best to avoid dwelling on your current circumstance. Rather, be thankful that you and your loved ones are safe.