Sadly, over 1.5 million people in the United States will experience a break-in this year. Being victimized by a burglar is a terrible experience. Usually, your home is damaged from the intrusion. You have lost valuable and often times, sentimental items. Most importantly though, you now feel unsafe in your own home. After a break-in there are some steps you can take to help you get back to normal. Here is what to do next.
Contact The Police
First, you want to contact the police. The sooner the better, because there may be witnesses or pieces of evidence that could be valuable in catching the thief. While you wait for the police, it may be tempting but do not touch anything in the home. You don’t want to disturb the crime scene. Try to remember all the details you can. When did you leave your home? How long were you gone? Who has access to your home? Have you seen anything suspicious? Even minor details can make a huge difference in a case.
Call Your Insurance Company
Once the police have come and you have filed a police report, you will need to contact your homeowner’s insurance company. Review the situation with your agent. Let them know what has been lost or damaged. It’s a good idea to also have them walk you through your policy coverages and the steps of the insurance claims process. Filing a claim quickly will help you recover what has been stolen. If you’re unsure how to make a claim, here’s a helpful guide from the Insurance Information Institute.
Process What Happened
The reality is a home invasion is terrifying and can lead to a lot of emotional scarring and damage. After a break-in, it’s normal to feel angry, scared, confused, sad, and even betrayed. These are normal feelings and processing them is a normal part of the post break-in process. Do not ignore these feelings and if you need, don’t be afraid to seek professional help with getting through this tough time. Make sure to check in with your family members and other residents of the home as well, they may need support too.
Install A Home Security System
Finally, invest in a home security system. Intruders often will revisit the same house. They know they can break in and they also know that your homeowners insurance will help replace what they already stole. Beyond preventing the next break-in, home security systems will help you balance against the increased premiums from filing a homeowner’s insurance claim. Most insurance companies give discounts for home security systems. Finally, there is nothing that will give you more peace of mind and make your home feel safe again like a state-of-the-art home security system.
If you’ve experienced a break-in, give the security experts at Supercircuits a call. We’ll help you find a plan that will protect your home and make sure you feel safe again. Our live security technicians are always available to answer any questions. Plus, we offer same-day delivery on our systems, so you can protect your home right away.