Many people may not have experienced a break-in and none of us ever expects that it will happen. However, burglaries do happen a lot in our surroundings. In the event that you find yourself in that situation, knowing what to do ahead of time can help make things easier.
Don’t Go In! Be Level-headed!
When you come home and find something wrong, don’t go into your room if you think there’s a chance that the burglars are still inside. And if they’re gone, keep the scene intact and resist the temptation to start cleaning everything up in order that the authorities can do a thorough inspection of the crime scene later.
Call the Police and Take Pictures
Then you should call the police immediately. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get your stuff back. Take some pictures as evidence while you are waiting the police to come.
Notify Your Neighbors
Thieves will sometimes hit multiple homes in a single area at the same time or within a few days of each crime. It is, therefore, a courteous idea to notify your neighbors of your misfortune so that they may increase their security vigilance. In the meanwhile, talking to neighbors might help jog someone’s memory about strangers in the area just prior to your event.
Secure Your Home
Your personal property has been invaded and it is a very emotional time for you, but you also want to ensure that you aren’t hit again. Fix the way that the criminal got in and check any other potential weaknesses. If you’re still worried, reinforce the weakness with security cameras and it is never too late to do this step.
Give Yourself Time to Handle the Emotions
Once you’ve talked to the police, filed your insurance claims, notified your neighbor and secured your home, it’s time to rest. Though the experience may make you feel unsettling, keep a positive attitude and focus on the bright sides. In time this feeling will fade and you’ll eventually be able to relax again.