The Threat of Property Theft in Relocations in Florida
Looking for a state that offers the perfect blend of great work and business environment, recreation and culture? Florida is your best bet. The sunshine state as it's fondly called is not just a tourist destination it is a major hub of commercial and sporting activities with people trooping in and out of the city in their droves year round. It is not just renowned for its beaches it has a warm climate and great educational system all of which makes it a perfect abode for the bachelor and for the married. These reasons perhaps explain the high rate of relocation in Florida which is above the national average.
The sheer beauty and ambiance of the state coupled with the vast potentials for business all adds up in making the state a darling of moving companies It is not a hidden fact that millions of people switch residencies every year in America. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), about 15 million American households relocate each year. However, there is a particularly worrying trend based on the analysis of this statistic and this is that Florida has the highest complaint rates recorded anywhere with the country. Of course, even the most well-planned move could yet possibly throw up one or two problems along the way but there is a particular complaint that reverberates in Florida much higher than any other states and this is theft of client's properties by personnel of some moving companies. Areas such as Palm Beach and South Florida which are some of the hottest destinations within the state have witnessed a sizeable number of reported cases of property theft.
Theft is not a matter to be taken with levity. It is hard enough trusting a company with moving your valuables and then just like a bad dream coming to reality, you find out that some of your valuables are actually missing. Certain moving companies capitalize on the transient lifestyles and the wealth of residents of places like South Florida to perpetuate their dastard act. This, of course, does not imply that every moving company in Florida is dishonest; NO, this is merely to say that out of many apples falling from the tree, some are bad and these bad few ones are working diligently to tarnish the image of the good ones.
Not all theft is the fault of the moving company
It is necessary to clarify also that theft of properties may not necessarily be the fault of the moving company at least not directly! There are instances where some moving companies are trying to handle multiple movements within a day and as a result of trying to be fast certain properties could be left behind or fall off in the process of loading on to the truck. Also, in instances where the properties have to be transferred to another truck while the moving process is still on, due to haste, certain valuables may be overlooked.
Another major cause of theft often occurs when moving companies fail to get access to the destination the properties are going to. In instances where they unload the properties at the front of the house while waiting for the owner to come and open, passersby could nibble some of the properties away without the awareness of the movers.
You can never be too cautious when moving your properties. All hands must be on deck to ensure the process is as safe as possible but even with your best efforts it's not improbable that one or two valuables especially the smaller sized ones could go missing. In the event of this happening, here are a few steps you can take to set in motion the process of recovery them.
Check the boxes properly: In the case of theft, the obvious step to take is to accuse the movers of fraud; but this might not be the best move to make especially if you are yet to scrutinize the boxes well. The importance of this stems from the fact that in the event of relocation, some items could have gotten misplaced within the box. Items like trinkets, necklaces, wristwatches depending on how they were packed could very much go missing.
The next step to take upon discovery of missing items is to file a claim. In any instance where there is an agreement by two parties where one undertakes to get a job done in return for a monetary reward, that is a contract and so far as you do not default on your own part then they are liable if any glitch or hitch happens in the performance of their own duties. File a written claim to notify them of your missing property and they would be liable to pay compensation for it. The claim is to be written within 30 days and submitted to the movers after which they are expected to accept or deny your claim within 120 days. In the event of non cooperation by the company then you can petition the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to enforce your rights. As a matter of fact whether the moving company cooperates or not, it is better to still contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) because they compile statistics of complaints by clients and this could help sensitize prospective clients on what to expect from these moving companies.
You have a role to play
Yes, you have a role to play in the safety of your properties in the process of movement. Ensure that every property of extraordinary worth is transported by you in person. This is your best precaution against theft. Furthermore, do not be in a hurry to sign or tick the inventory upon the delivery of your properties to the destination. Check to see if everything is intact because after signing off that all the goods have been delivered, you may not be able to lodge any claims about the theft of property again. Also, it is better to get insurance cover so that if at all there is a theft, you would be able to get all your valuables back. Finally, do not be lazy; don’t just hire just any mover. There are some with a track record of property theft in their history. Identify the good ones and the bad ones and deal with the good ones. It is better to be safe than sorry.