There are a number of definitive steps that must be taken upon first discovering that you have been the victim of burglary.
Unfortunately, these same steps are followed daily by countless homeowners throughout Canada.
Fear, anxiety and anger are just a few of the pleasant emotions that race through one’s mind upon discovering that they have been a victim of burglary. Unfortunately, there is no time to sit and work through any of these emotions as quick and immediate action is required.
There are a number of simple steps that should be followed in the event that you arrive home to find that your house or apartment has been burglarized. Unaware of these steps, many are left to navigate through the nightmare under a stressed state of mind.
- Step 1: GET OUT!As a victim of burglary, the first emotion that one encounters is that of fear. Someone has entered your home uninvited, violated your personal space and stole some of your most valuable possessions. Worse yet, this burglar that had no respect for your personal space might still be lurking within. Don’t freeze! Leave the property immediately and head to a neighbor, your car or wherever you feel most safe.
- Step 2: Call The Police
Now that you have made your way hurriedly off of the premises, call the police. The first thing that the police will do is enter your home en force and go room by room to make sure that your house is clear. They will then interview you and have you go through the house and report any items that were stolen, take finger prints, etc.
- Step 3: Call A Professional LocksmithWhile the police are still on the premises, it might be a good idea to have a professional locksmith come and quickly change out locks and repair any damage as required to get your house secure again. These costs are generally incurred by your insurance company.
- Step 4: Find A Place To StayIt’s normal to be a little freaked out after a burglary. Spend a couple of nights with a friend or relative or even a hotel if you can.
- Step 5: Call Your Insurance CompanyYour home insurance provider is going to want a detailed list of everything that was damaged or stolen from your home. They will also want to schedule a time to send an insurance adjuster and people to repair damage to your home.
- Step 6: Think About Getting A Home Security SystemAfter all of the initial fear and anxiety have passed and after you’ve called the police, the insurance company and a friend or relative; you’ll be wondering why you hadn’t invested in a home security system. A home security system is definitely the way to go but it is important to be smart. Don’t let any residual fear push you to go with an inferior company. Take your time, talk to friends and shop around.
If you are fortunate enough not to have been the victim of burglary then it is definitely good to get a little proactive. Contact your insurance company and check out what kind of coverage you have in the event of a burglary and what procedures they require that you follow. Go through your home with a video camera every once and a while and make sure to get all of the good stuff.
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