Nearly 4 million burglaries happen in America annually. Therefore, it is imperative to clearly understand your insurance policy coverage for vandalism and theft claims to ensure you are adequately protected. Insurance companies often separate claims for theft and vandalism as individual claims even when they both occur during the same event. If these claims are not investigated and appropriately presented by the insured, their carrier can handle them separately, requiring two deductibles.
An experienced public adjuster can initially outline the difference between the two issues during their initial investigation of your claim. A descriptive police report of the incident can make a massive difference in the outcome of claims processing. Hiring a qualified public adjuster can assist you in ensuring that no damage is overlooked resulting from forced entry and help recover the best possible settlement for your losses.
There are a variety of damages that can happen to your property in the event of vandalism and theft, including:
Property that has been stolen is defined as theft. Claimants and property owners may discover that there are many surprising limitations to property theft claims, including:
On the other hand, malicious mischief and vandalism are the deliberate damage or destruction of someone's property without permission. These differences make it crucial to hire a public claims adjuster for these types of claims.
Work with your public adjuster to create a claim management strategy and plan for moving forward
The initial theft and vandalism claim documentation is vital to providing adequate evidence of the loss to your insurer. Taking videos and photographs of the scene will help show necessary documentation and solidify your claim. This should be documented early on, as this evidence may not be available later. Seeking the advice of a public adjuster early in the process can be helpful in the documentation process.
Many property owners fail to identify and understand the extent and nature of the damages they have experienced. Public adjusters have the trained eye and expertise to immediately understand the scope of repairs. They will thoroughly investigate your property, perform testing when required, and identify all damages, even those not noticeable with the naked eye. It is essential to address these issues early to present a comprehensive claim for vandalism and theft to the insurer.
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