Emergency Steps to Take After a Home Burglary
When you discover that somebody has broken into your property, it can send a wave of negative emotions through your body. From fear to anger and everything in between, your personal privacy has been compromised. Your space has been invaded and it is the most sickening feeling. During such a stressful time, it’s so important to keep a level head and remember these emergency steps in the event of a home burglary.
Do not enter
If you discover a broken window, open door or anything else that appears suspicious, it’s best not to enter your home. Go back to your car or go to a neighbour where you will be safe just in case the burglars are still inside. You have no way of knowing how many there could be and if they are armed.
Call the police
Once you are in a safe place, contact the police right away to report the incident and to request urgent assistance. Explain that you have not entered your home and you are waiting for them to make sure that it is indeed all-clear before you do.
Look for what was taken
Once the police have cleared your home for entry, you can then take a look around and let them know if you spot anything that is missing. Depending on the state your home is in, you might not notice everything all at once. Try to take it one room at a time and make a list of items that appear to be missing. You will need to inform the police and your insurance for any stolen property.
Contact your bank
This might sound strange at first but, if any of your bank cards, checks or even an electronic device is stolen, your banking details could be at risk. Inform your bank or banks to let them know about the incident and at least prevent any online banking activity even if you have all of your cards and checks on your person.
Evaluate the damage and begin repairs
It can be extremely scary to even think about sleeping in a home that was just burgled. This is why you need to take a moment to consider your security before you head off to bed. Contact your local locksmith for professional lock replacements, repairs, and other security upgrades. By upgrading the security of your home, you will make it that much more difficult for the burglar to try again. If your home was an easy target in the past, they might try again after a few weeks or months.
Overall security upgrade
It is so important to remember that intruders adapt very easily. So, if you focus on replacing or upgrading the lock on the door that they broke the last time, they can very easily look for another way in. In other words, now is the time to evaluate the overall security of your home including all doors and windows. If crime has become a growing problem in your neighbourhood, then you may want to invest in high-security locks and a surveillance system too.
Inform your neighbours
Last, but certainly not least, you should always let your neighbours know about the incident. They may have witnessed something strange or they themselves could be at risk. By letting others know, you are giving them the opportunity to upgrade their home security before their home becomes the next target.
At Capital Locksmith, we are available 24/7 for all your locksmith emergency needs. We take home security very seriously and our team is here to help you rest that much easier at night knowing that you and your loved ones are that much safer. Contact us at (613) 457-5135 for urgent assistance from our team of trained professional locksmiths.