What to Do After Your House Was Burgled
You come home from an evening out and find the front door ajar. Your home has been burgled. Now what?
If your home is burgled, it’s an unsettling experience. Here are seven things you need to do.
Call the Police
Your number one priority is to call the police since the longer you wait, it will be more difficult to catch those responsible and get your items returned. Wait for the police to arrive before entering the house.
Make a List of Details
Write down any details that can help police, such as a description of the intruders if you saw them or any recent events that may have led to the break-in. Did anyone come to your home in the days prior and ask anything out of the ordinary? What is missing?
Take some photos of the crime scene, but try not to disturb anything. Include photos of where the burglars got in and any messes that were made. Photos can help you with insurance claims.
Talk with Police
Ask the police about your options when it comes to filing a report. You may be able to do this online or down at the police station. Be sure to get a contact name and number in case you remember anything else that can help in the investigation.
Call Your Insurance Company
As soon as you’re done filing a police report, contact your insurance company. You will need the police report number to file a claim. An adjuster will likely make an appointment to come to your home.
Talk to Your Kids and Neighbors
If you have kids that are upset by what happened, reassure them that things will be OK. Explain how police are going to help and how insurance works. Make sure they feel safe in their home. If you have neighbors, it’s a good idea to let them know of the break-in so they can take precautions.
Make Security a Priority
Repair and strengthen any entry points such as doors and windows.
There are several inexpensive ways to secure your home.
Consider getting a home security system.