Burglary – it’s one of those incidents we hear about every day but believe it will never happen to us. However, it can happen to anyone, and when it does happen, the experience can be devastating.
Break-ins and robberies are becoming more common as people kit-out their homes with expensive electronics and trinkets without ever investing in (or thinking about) proper security.
We’re often told how to avoid a break-in, but rarely are we given advice on how to cope following a break-in.
In this post I’m going to share with you some ideas which I hope you find useful should you ever have the misfortune of being targeted by thieves.
Bricking and Reporting Stolen Electronics
As soon as you figure out what’s been taken, especially if you’ve had any electronics, credit or debit cards stolen, make sure you call the respective companies to cancel cards or lock phones or other lockable electronics.
Alerting credit card companies of a stolen card will allow them to track down and cancel any subsequent purchases, which could also be helpful in an ongoing investigation.
In the case of phones, thieves will often take a stolen phone to a local second-hand shop to sell it. At the very least they will be unable to use it for a period of time following the robbery if it has been ‘bricked’.
They will also not be able to use the phone for blackmail purposes or to get any more personal details from you.
Some phones have tracking features designed to be used when the phone is stolen. If you’re not sure about yours, have a look through the settings, check the manual or search online.
If you have contents insurance, you will definitely want to make a claim as soon as possible. The longer you wait following a break-in, the higher the chance of a claim not going through.
This seems a little unfair but this is done to ensure that there are less false claims for the insurance companies to investigate.
You will need to compile a list of the stolen items, the police report following the break in, your insurance policy, a claims form, any receipts you have for the items stolen and any photographs proving you are the owners of the items.
By giving the claims company as much information as possible, you can help speed along the claims process.
Frame, Window and Lock Repairs
Chances are you’ll have a few repairs to deal with following a break in.
Relying on a professional locksmith or repair company is essential as they will be able to provide you with expert assistance in ensuring that your home life is returned to normal.
There are locksmiths who perform inspections on the exterior of your property, making notes of any weak points or damaged points of entry and suggesting the repairs needed to bring the property back up to scratch.
A professional locksmith will also provide advice on the best style of locks for your windows and doors, in order to help ensure that a break in is unlikely in the future.
Installing Security Measures
Think about installing a collective CCTV security system in order to improve the security of the other homes in the area.
Motion detector lights and installing a key box or a grate on your letterbox can also help to deter thieves as you are making it harder for them to scout-out and enter your home without being seen.
Whether you have suffered a break in but not a robbery, or you have come home to find a few items missing, the idea of someone having entered your home without your permission or your presence can be a very violating concept.
You feel intruded upon; not just your home but your very self, as our houses are very private and personal locations and it can take a little while to get over that.
Unfortunately there is no sure-fire way to prevent a break-in, particularly if you are prone to taking long holidays or spend a lot of time working abroad.
Even if you are extremely careful, thieves manage to find their way in one way or another. All you can do is insure your home and possessions against theft or damages and try to be safe and careful when hiding your valuables.
It is always better to be safe rather than sorry.
Article provided by www.rentrifone.com, a CCTV and security-system installation company based in London.