A burglary is a troubling event. If you were home at the time, you may have come face to face with an intruder, a terrifying proposition for any homeowner. However, coming home to find that someone has broken in and stolen your possessions and damaged your property is hugely unpleasant too. Standing in the midst of the aftermath, it can be difficult to know where to begin. In this post, we take a look at a few things you can do to begin to repair the damage.
Making the right calls
The very first step is to call the police. Even if you’ve been away – and the burglary occurred days or even weeks ago – when you discover the crime you should alert the authorities. Regardless of whether the police catch the criminal in question, you’ll need a reference number so that you can claim for the damages with your insurance company. Writing for @AdmiralUK, Carys Frampton adds that you shouldn’t alter the crime scene:
“It’s tempting to start trying to tidy up after someone unwelcome has been in your house, but try hard not to. The police need to see everything first, just as you found it. It’s a good idea to take some photos of the damage and the places where things have gone missing to show your insurer. Once the police have visited the crime scene and recorded any evidence they need, you can start putting things away.”
Are there any keys missing? How about credit cards? Spend some time determining what has actually been taken. If the burglars have stolen keys, one of the first tasks is to change all the locks. If they’ve taken debit or credit cards, call your bank and have them cancelled. As for other stolen valuables such as jewellery or electronics, keep a note of what’s been taken so you can claim for them on your insurance.
It will probably take a while before you get over a break in. Some people find it takes months before they feel safe in their own homes again. You may feel it necessary to see a therapist to cope with the event.
It might seem akin to locking the stable door after the horse has bolted, but an investment in your home security could help in a number of ways. For one thing, a security upgrade will let you sleep a little safer in the knowledge that your home is much more secure than it was before. New, modern windows and doors will do a great deal to prevent a repeat theft, and equipment like a high-quality alarm, motion sensors and CCTV have all been proven to act as a deterrent.
If you’ve recently suffered a break-in and want to invest in a security system, we can help. Get in touch today to find out how excellent technology, including remote monitoring, could put your mind at ease and ensure you get over this terrible event quickly.
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