You’ve Been Robbed. Now What?
It’s a very unsettling feeling. You come home, you open your door, and right away, something looks off. Valuables are missing, clothes are strewn about, closets have been rummaged through. You’ve been burglarized. It’s not something anyone plans for or expects, but it happens everyday. So what do you do next?
Call the police. Surprisingly, many people do not bother to call law enforcement thinking there’s nothing they can do to find the perpetrators. Don’t give into the temptation. The police may have some extra insight into the burglary, perhaps as part of a pattern in the area. If it’s reported, there’s still a chance that you may recover your belongings.
Take inventory. Don’t begin to tidy up quite yet. While you’re waiting for the police to arrive, start to take an inventory of what you find missing. Large items like TVs, artwork, or furniture will be easy to notice. Start there, and work your way to medium sized items like computers, stereo equipment, and safes. Then, comb through the smaller items like jewelry, cash, passports, documents and other hidden valuables. This will certainly help with the investigation and when reporting to insurance companies.
Cooperate with the investigation. Answer questions thoroughly, and let law enforcement investigate the property for clues and tracks.
Clean up and rearrange. Once the investigation is over, clean up and rearrange as soon as you can. The longer the property remains messy from the burglary, the more likely that the emotional trauma from the crime will linger. It’s best to tidy up and do what you can to move on from the burglary.
Take steps to improve security. Secure all windows and doors with locks and sensors, install surveillance cameras, and if you haven’t already, now is a good time to install a monitored security system, which may prevent this from happening in the future.
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