What To Do if Your Home is Broken Into
The simplest and most logical steps to take after a home break in.
Although none of us want to think about that happening to us or our families, and the odds of it are relatively low (about 1 in every 30 homes in the U.S. according to the FBI in 2012), home break ins happen, and living a secure life means knowing what to do in the event of a break in, and how to prevent future incidents.
Burglaries are a reality in many of our lives, and whether we like it or not, it’s important to be prepared for the possibility, and do what we can to prevent it and keep our loved ones safe.
Don’t touch anything, call the police.
The first and most important thing to do is call the police and file a report with the authorities. Stay calm, remember any details about what you’ve seen, when it might have happened, or where the intruders might have entered the house. Share as much information as possible with police, and once they have the evidence they need, take inventory and find out what, if anything might have been taken or destroyed.
File Insurance Claims
Immediately after the authorities are finished filing a report and doing whatever investigating necessary, immediately contact your insurance company and provide them with as much information (in many cases the same information given to the police) as you can. Make sure to list any items or valuables stolen or damaged.
Prevent Future Instances
The most important step to remember is this one, even if your home’s never been broken into. Preventing home break ins can be as simple as replacing old locks or making sure windows can’t be opened from the outside. Other ways of preventing home break ins can include installing security cameras or leaving a few lights on when you’re away. Depending on your neighborhood, these needs will change, but common sense is key.
Burlgaries are a reality in many of our lives, and whether we like it or not, it’s important to be prepared for the possibility, and do what we can to prevent it and keep our loved ones safe. Break ins can be emotional, scary, and shocking, but by knowing the right steps to take to prevent them, and the right ones to take in the event of one, we can feel safer and more confident about our homes and belongings.