There are few events worse than coming home and discovering that your personal and private space has been violated. No one ever expects that a break-in will happen at their home and when it does many are caught so off guard that they are not certain of what to do next. In the event that you are the victim of a break-in, the following are just a few of the things that you should do as soon as possible in order to secure your home, allow a proper police report and ensure your family’s safety.
Make Sure No One is In the Home
Whether family member or criminal, try to determine if anyone is inside of the home. We don’t suggest checking closets and under beds by yourself as this may lead to a confrontation if a thief is still inside when you arrive. You’ll have to rely on your instincts here in order to determine which approach is best for your safety, but if you suspect that a criminal may be inside of your home it is best to exit right away. Also, call other household members from outside the home to check on their whereabouts if you are uncertain.
Immediately Call Law Enforcement
The moment that you realize your home has been burgled, call the authorities. While you’re probably thinking that this is a no-brainer, this needs to be made clear as some people may figure that the event is over and that they’ll call law enforcement after investigating the scene on their own. You are ill-advised to take this route, however, as it may be possible that someone is still inside the house or that a neighbor has called the police already, which may lead to you be mistaken for a criminal when officers do arrive.
Do Not Attempt to Clean or Straighten Your Home
Burglars have a tendency to leave a mess behind as they ransack a victim’s home. Upon walking into your house, you may immediately notice papers, books, furnishings and other items strewn about. As tempted as you may be to begin immediately restoring order, it is important to first let the authorities do a thorough inspection of the crime scene as it is.
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 and possibly avoid becoming victims themselves. Notifying your neighbors may also uncover information useful to your own investigation as neighbors may share having seen someone around your home just prior to your break-in. As we’ve stated in previous posts, criminals don’t always look suspicious, but will sometimes appear to be a teenager selling magazine subscriptions or an ordinary service man. Talking to neighbors might help jog someone’s memory about strangers in the area just prior to your event.
Assess Your Home’s Security
If you did not have a security system in place, don’t think that it’s too late to explore your options now. Considering that your home may have sustained some damage as a result of this incident in addition to the items that you may now need to replace, shelling out more money on a home security system may seem like an expense that you can’t afford right now. Truth be told, however, this event should highlight the fact that you can’t afford to put off investing in your home another day.
Fortunately, there are options beyond the expensive quotes provided to you by other vendors. Of course, we’re referring to do-it-yourself systems which include alarms, surveillance cameras, security lighting and a broad array of deterrents. Each of these can be secured at affordable prices and installing them is something that can be done without terrible difficulty. It will even please you to know that your system can also be monitored for less than nine dollars per month, which is a mere fraction of what some of the most popular names in home security will offer you. For more information, visit our main page or contact our customer service department today.
While you’ll likely feel somewhat uncomfortable at home for a while, know that your break-in was likely a one-time event. Knowing that a criminal has spent time exploring your private space can be unsettling, but in time this feeling will fade and you’ll eventually be able to relax again.
What’s Your Story?
Have you or someone you know recently experienced a break-in? Did you learn anything from this event that you wish you’d known sooner? What tips might you add to our list of things to do after a home has been burglarized? Home Security Store sincerely hopes that you do not have a story to share…but if you do, please take a moment to enlighten our readers on some of the lessons learned through your burglary experience.