Recently, a friend relayed that her home had been broken into during the day when she was at work. Despite having two big dogs, (who were hiding at the time the break in), the burglars took some valuable family heirlooms and other items. This left the homeowner feeling very violated and unsafe in her own home. US Media Studios offers some advice on home security and what to do if you find your home burglarized.
We all want to feel safe and secure in our home, whether that home is a house, condo, apartment, or mobile home. Yet, according to the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, there are roughly two million burglaries every year in this country. It is frightening and shocking to come home and find your home was broken into, and personal items rifled through and scattered everywhere. It’s harder to discover what was stolen and broken.
Take some preventative steps first.
- Be sure homeowner’s or renter’s insurance is up to date, and your personal belongings are covered in case of burglary.
- Check all window and door locks to be sure they are in good working condition.
- If the home has a security or alarm system, test it regularly.
- Keep the most valuable items in a safe, secure locked place, such as a safe or bank safety deposit box.
Your home was burglarized. Now what?
- If you are sure no one is still in the home, call the police right away.
- Don’t touch anything. Don’t pick anything up.
- Look around and write down what is missing.
- Call your insurance agent or company and file a claim.
- Scan and email the list of stolen items to the insurance company.
- Give the insurance agent the crime report number, law enforcement agency name, name of the person who took the report, and the date the report is filed.
- Notify financial institutions and credit card companies of the burglary.
- Change passwords to digital devices, and especially those that were stolen.
- Find an affordable home security system and have it installed.
If there is damage to the door, such as a broken door jam or frame, or if a window is smashed, consider asking a friend or neighbor if you can stay with them until the repairs are made.
US Media Studios encourages readers to be vigilant about home security this summer and throughout the summer holidays.