It’s a nightmare scenario, and no one wants to imagine it happening to them. The experience of getting home and finding that your home has been broken into and burgled is dreadful and traumatizing for many people. But the practical steps of how you should respond to this kind of situation really do matter and more people should understand them. Here’s more about what to do and what not to do if you return home and find you’ve been burgled.
Call for Help as Soon as Possible
You should make sure that you call for help as soon as you realize that your home has been broken into. That means calling the police and telling them what’s happened; they’ll make their way to you as soon as they can and then the process of getting these problems sorted out can begin. There’s no sense in leaving lots of time between finding the situation and calling the police though.
Don’t Touch Anything
It’s vital that you don’t touch anything when you arrive at your home and find that it’s been broken into. There are lots of things that can be compromised at the scene if you start touching things. The police will want to investigate the crime scene and find evidence that might later help them catch and convict the person responsible for this crime.
Provide a Statement
As part of the investigation carried out by the police, they will want you to provide a statement about what’s happened in your home. Doing this is important and you should try to provide as much context, information and detail as possible because any information you provide to the police will help them in their investigations.
Improve Safety Features Going Forward
Improving the safety of your home is something that you’ll probably want to do after something like this happens to you. That’s why you should arrange for a locksmith to come over and change your locks. And at the same time, you should look to improve the locking systems your home has in place so that any future attempts at burglary won’t be as successful.
Make an Insurance Claim
Finally, you should think about making an insurance claim. Doing this will be vital if expensive items have been stolen because it will mean you’re able to start replacing those items with the sum paid to you by your insurance company. Make an insurance claim as soon as you possibly can after the event happens because this will make the process faster and smoother for you.
Of course, we hope this never happens to you but these things do happen. So it’s best to know how to respond and what to do in order to ensure you come out the other side in the best shape possible. It’s important to think these things through and take the right steps if you ever find yourself in this situation.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.