You’ve finally arrived back home only to realise that something seems off. Maybe your front door is unlocked, even though you’re sure you remembered to lock up before leaving the house. On the other hand, maybe you’ve noticed blatant signs of forced entry; your front gate is open, a window is smashed, or your door has been kicked in.
Coming home to such a sight can leave you feeling panicked, confused and unsafe. Naturally, your first instinct might be to rush inside and check on all your precious valuables and belongings. But you need to stay calm and act rationally.
If you’ve come home to discover you’ve been the victim of a burglary, here’s what you should do:
1. Call the Police
After finding that your home has been broken into, you may feel like running inside and checking to see what’s been stolen. However, the first thing you should do is leave the house and call the police. After all, the burglar could still be hiding inside your home. If they’re desperate, a burglar will not hesitate to use force in order to escape out of a sticky situation. Do not try to face the intruder head-on, because you don’t know what kind of weapons they might be carrying.
2. Head to a Safe Place to Wait
Another reason why you should leave the place alone until the police arrive is because your home is now a crime scene. Sure, a lot of burglars wear gloves these days. However, not all of them are that careful. If you go around touching things, you could destroy a valuable fingerprint that the police could use to track the intruder down. While you’re waiting for help to arrive, find refuge in a neighbour’s home, or get back into your car and lock up.
3. Make a List of What’s Missing
As you wait for the police, it’s a good idea to take note of the time you arrived home, what you saw, and keep an eye out for any suspicious individuals. After the police have arrived and given you the okay, carry out a thorough check of your home so that you can determine which of your items have been stolen. If it’s precious jewellery or family heirlooms, make a list of them and try to be as descriptive as possible. If you’re missing electronic devices, see if you can try to locate them using finder apps. If possible, you should also sign yourself out of these devices or put a lock on them. If you’re missing credit cards, call your bank to report them as stolen.
4. File a Report with Insurance
After talking to the police and filing a report with them, the next thing you have to do is contact your insurance company. Check to see if your insurance company covers stolen items. If so, you may be able to receive compensation for your stolen items.
5. Take It Easy
Coming home to find that your home has been broken into is traumatising. In fact, the effects can stay with you for life. It’s not easy to deal with the fact that the one place in the world where you felt safest has been violated. After dealing with a burglary, it’s a good idea to talk it out with close family members and friends and stay away from home for a couple of days if it makes you feel better.
6. Take Steps to Prevent Future Burglaries
Although a burglary can happen to virtually anyone, there’s a lot you can do to make your home look like as much of an undesirable target as possible. For instance, you can install security screens over your windows and doors or invest in a CCTV system. You can also secure your garage and your driveway more effectively. Every home is different, and because of that, everyone’s security needs will also differ. If you need help determining which areas of your home need better security, you can also call Aus-Secure for help.
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