Just a few tips when you deal with your insurance company. If you have the instruction manuals, warranty cards, etc, those can work as proof that you owned the items you're claiming. Also, if you filled out the warranty cards and sent them in to Dewalt, PC, Grizzly, or others, they will have that information on record, and can give you a letter or form that confirms when you registered. Most of these large companies keep good records for product liability purposes - some keep them for 7 - 10 years.
If you purchased from one of the Borg and used a credit card, both the Borg and the credit card company will have that information and can give you a report showing when you pruchased. Did you have any repair work done on any of the tools? If so, go to the the repair shop and get a copy of your receipt. Also, did you have any photos or videos of your shop and tools? Those will be additional proof.
Lastly, when you file an insurance claim, you will probably do a "Proof of Loss" form, which is your sworn statement that you had the items, had a loss by burglary, and are claiming $X,XXX.XX. Once you file that, with your sworn statement that you owned the items, it's up to them to prove you didn't have them.
Good luck - I hop you come out ok - do a follow up post and let us know. If you have any questions about the claim process and want to email me direct, I've encoded my email address below my name - I've been in insurance claims for 25 years, so I can probably answer any questions you may have during the "process".
n dot bozovich at verizon dot net
face=Arial size=2>...</FONT></DIV><FONT face=Arial size=2>> Keep those garage
doors closed at all times!!! Last night while I slept<BR>> someone
broke into my garage through the side door, was brazen enough to<BR>>
apparently open the electric garage door, and load up their car with my<BR>>
things.<BR>> <BR>> Items gone:<BR>> <BR>> Dewalt DW735
Planer<BR>> Dewalt 515K VSR Hammer drill<BR>> Dewalt DW433K Belt
Sander<BR>> Dewalt DW621 Plunge router<BR>> Grizzly 10Gal air
compressor<BR>> Grizzly Pro Series nailer<BR>> Ryobi Oscillating spindle
sander<BR>> <BR>> Non-tools: Mountain bike worth about $1800.<BR>>
<BR>> I've contacted the insurance company, but think I'm going to have
difficulty<BR>> proving ownership for all of it, as many of the items are a
few years old<BR>> and receipts are long gone. I'm still in sick about
it this evening and<BR>> have been all day since this morning. I think
someone (possibly a<BR>> neighborhood gardender) has seen my shop when the
garage door was open and<BR>> finally came back last night. It is
curious that some things out in the<BR>> open didn't disappear, such as a
Skil 77 circ saw, Festool jigsaw, Makita<BR>> cordless drill. They also
missed a few cabinets worth of hand power tools,<BR>> thankfully. And
my Porter Cable miter saw, bolted to its table, and<BR>> Milwaukee router in
the router table are safe as well.<BR>> <BR>> The cost of replacement is
definitely going to blow my new jointer budget.<BR>> Oh well, I guess it
could have been worse.<BR>> <BR>> Brian.<BR>> <BR>> <BR>>
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