To have your car stolen is one of the most frustrating and disappointing thing that can happen to a person. Usually we save for our dream car for years, and when the Toyota, Honda, Ford, Nissan, or Mercedes Benz of our dreams is finally ours, it seems like nothing bad will ever happen.
However, car theft in Nigeria is a very serious problem. Every day car owners in Nigeria come to a place where they left their cars to find there is nothing there. The first and natural reaction to realizing your car is stolen is pure shock. Nevertheless, after a few minutes of coming to terms with the fact that the car is taken, you need to be proactive. Here is what you need to do!
Try to keep cool
We know, it may sound unrealistic, but trust us on this – there is nothing productive in acting hysterical. First of all, make sure your car was really stolen – perhaps you left it in a huge parking lot near a mall and now simply can’t find it. If the car is really gone, see if the place you left your car is a designated parking area – if parking in this spot is prohibited, your car could have gotten towed. No matter what happens, stay calm and think clearly.
You already realize that retrieving a stolen car by yourself is a virtually impossible task, considering it could be in another city or even state. One of the first things to do is to contact the police. File a report, identify your car’s details and the circumstances under which it was stolen. Of course, reporting a car theft to the police is not a guarantee of you getting your car back, but at least it’s a shot at finding the car, so don’t underestimate this step.
Ask the witnesses
If you left your car in the street, in a busy parking lot, or in a business centre, there are clearly dozens, if not hundreds, of witnesses. They might not have actually seen your car being stolen, but they can very well remember who was near your car and what were they doing there. Perhaps, a suspicious looking man has been standing by your car for an hour, looking inside or waiting for someone. All this information can be a huge help in the investigation. Obviously, contacting the witnesses is the job for the police, but you can never go wrong in taking active steps.
Additionally, make sure to inform your internet friends and acquaintances of the incident. Post information in your Facebook, on Twitter, on Instagram, on LinkedIn, and any other social media platform you use. Attach a picture of your car, so that everyone would be able to spot it in the street and let you know.
Learn your lesson
Car theft is not something everyone should go through to learn the basics of car protection, but it can teach you a lot in terms of making sure your car doesn’t get stolen. First, think about what you could have done differently to avoid losing your car. Perhaps, you left your doors unlocked, thinking you would only be away for a couple of minutes and nothing bad could happen? Additionally, you could have left your car keys in the car or nearby. Or did you leave any valuable items, like mobile phone, laptop, or camera, inside the car in plain sight? These things immediately increase the risk of your car getting stolen.
Second, you need to think about taking some security measures for your new car. A GPS tracker will help greatly in case your car gets stolen again. With the right software you can even remotely make your car run slower and slower, eventually stopping completely. Moreover, don’t forget to insure your vehicle, so even if does get stolen, you still get some money back. When you learn a lot about car security, teach your friends and family to do the same, so that they don’t end up with a stolen car too.
Find a replacement car
No matter where you live or what you do, living without a car causes major inconveniences, which is why sooner or later you will have to think about buying a replacement car for your stolen vehicle. While shopping for a new car, pay attention not just to its appearance, but also to security capabilities and overall reliability. We recommend a Toyota, BMW, Nissan, Mercedes Benz, Honda, Land Rover, or Ford as your next car.