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What is Theft?

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Kevely Diaz

Answered On Sep 22, 2023

· Answered On Sep 22, 2023

In insurance, theft refers to intentionally taking and removing someone else’s property or belongings without their consent and permanently depriving the rightful owner of its possession. This act is considered a crime and is punishable by law.

In insurance terms, theft is a peril that is often covered under various types of insurance policies, such as homeowners, renters, auto, and business insurance. The coverage typically compensates the policyholder for loss or damage to personal or business property due to theft.

However, what constitutes theft can vary from one insurance policy to another. Some policies may cover all forms of theft, including burglary (theft involving entry into a building illegally), robbery (theft involving force or threat of force), and larceny (simple theft without force). Other policies may only cover certain types of theft or may exclude certain situations, such as theft by a person lawfully on the premises.

Furthermore, insurance policies often require the policyholder to take reasonable steps to prevent theft, such as installing locks or security systems. Failure to do so may result in a reduction or denial of a claim.

It’s also important to note that insurance policies typically have a limit on the amount they will pay out for theft, and high-value items may require additional coverage. Policyholders may also have to pay a deductible before the insurance coverage.

In the event of a theft, the policyholder is usually required to report the incident to the police and the insurance company as soon as possible and to provide evidence of the theft, such as a police report, receipts, or photographs.