What to do if you have been burgled
Hopefully it will never happen to you, unfurtunately though without taking some measures to discourage burglars we are all potential victims and if the unthinkable does occur the anguish and distress it can cause will potentially stop you from thinking clearly but to make sure that the Police have th best possible chance of apprehending the culprit and preventing then from carrying out similar crimes there are some steps you should try to follow.
- Avoid entering your home or business if you notice a door or window that is open (and wasn’t before) or one that is damaged.
You may be placing yourself in danger if the burglar or thieves are still in the building. Stay outside and collect your thoughts.
- Call the Police immediately
With the nature of any injuries or dangers that exists as a result of the break-in; include a description of vehicles, persons or other evidence involved in the crime.
- Allow the Police to investigate your home or business location before you enter it.
They can be sure the building is safe and clear before you enter. They may choose to examine and dust for fingerprints before allowing you back inside.
- Make a list of missing or damaged items.
If your home or business is a mess after a burglary, it may be difficult to notice all of the missing or damaged items immediately. However, continue making the list for as long as you notice items that are gone. If you have serial numbers for any missing or damaged goods (such as electronics), find these in your records and report them to the police. This information is extremely helpful in identifying property, should the Police locate any stolen items. Unfortunately, burglaries are infamously hard to solve.
- Contact your insurance company and report the burglary.
They can help you through the insurance claim process, the same information given to the Police is always helpful, but a crime number should provide all the necessary information if a Police report has been filed.
- Repair or replace any damaged windows or doors immediately to avoid further burglaries or intrusions.
Call a local locksmith and request that all locks be changed in case the burglars were able to take your keys or obtain a copy of them.
- Get in touch with the credit agencies, mobile phone companies and your bank to ward off any charges to your accounts.
It may take a while to notice that credit cards, phones, phone cards or cheques have been taken. It is very important that you do this immediately as you will be taking a massive step towards avoiding any fraud committed in your name.
And Finally Beware: It isn’t uncommon for a burglar to break-in to a home more than once. After all, they already know the layout of the house and have discovered where the valuable items are kept.
It’s a fact; an overwhelming majority of convicted burglars say that they intentionally avoided homes with good security. If you’re the victim of a break-in, get advice from a local locksmith on home security as soon as possible.