One of the worst things that can happen to any home owner is to become a victim of a burglary. Not only because of the potential lost property but also the invasion of privacy. However, what you do in the immediate aftermath will help you regain control of the situation. Below is a brief guide on what to do in the event of a break-in.
Call the police
You will no doubt be in shock and may not be able to gather your thoughts, but call the police as soon as possible to put the incident on record. This is essential for any insurance claims that are made too and in helping the police track down the thieves. If you notice a break-in before you enter the property, call from your mobile outside, or from a neighbours house, in the event that the perpetrators may still be inside your property. If all is clear inside, try your best not to touch anything as you do not want to disturb potential fingerprints and evidence.
Make a list of all stolen and damaged property
The police will run through this once they arrive but you will also need to produce a list for the insurance company. Descriptions shouldn’t be generic, but as detailed as possible, including serial numbers, distinctive markings and an approximate value of each item lost. Contact your insurance company within 24 hours of the incident once you have your unique crime reference number. If any credit cards have been stolen contact the relevant bank or card company straight away to cancel them.
Secure your home
Once all of the above has been done and the police give you the green light, restore the contents of your home to some sort of order. A key part of this process is thinking about new security measures and upgrading the protection surrounding your home. Give consideration to the front door and windows which are the areas in which thieves will attempt to enter. Update the locks so you are doing all you can to protect your home and keep those crooks away from your hard earned belongings.