One night you return home from seeing a movie and find out you’ve been robbed. Just like that, you’ve become a crime statistic, one of the approximately 2.5 million home “intrusions” that occur each year in the United States. When you become a robbery victim, you need to take action to both address the theft and to make your home more secure.
Right after a break-in, you need to call the police, of course, but instead of just waiting for them to arrive, you can carefully preserve evidence. You should have someone watch your children for you, as well as restrain your pets, so that the crime scene is left undisturbed. If you saw any of the intruders, you should immediately write down everything you remember about them, such as age, gender, and clothing. You can also take pictures of your home as long as you do not touch anything. After you file a theft report with the police, you should contact your insurance company. They will work with the official theft report to help settle your claim.
Whatever security methods you were using were clearly inadequate. You need to evaluate your home to find out what other steps you can take to make a repeat break-in less likely. For instance, 34% of thieves come straight through the front door while another 22% come through the back. If your thieves came through one of your doors, beefing up your door security should be a priority. If your door splintered, then you should consider purchasing a stronger door, perhaps solid wood or iron. If your locks didn’t hold, invest in top-of-the-line models for both your doors and your windows.
If you need more improvements to feel secure again, consider contracting with a home security company to install alarms that will notify their offices or the police department if your home is invaded. You can also install security cameras as an added deterrent. If the price of these measures is too much for your budget, you can post signs that warn of an alarm system and install dummy cameras to scare off potential burglars.
As a victim of a break-in, you are probably both scared and angry. Seeking help from the police and your insurance company are important first steps, but after that, you need to improve your security measures. Once you do, you can begin the process of feeling safe in your home once more. Contact a company like Tele-Plus to get started on adding security measures to your home.