13 Things to Do If Your Home Gets Broken Into
Know the steps to take following a break-in, so you can start moving forward as soon as possible.
Call the police
You’ll want to report the incident to the police to establish a record and also get information for filing an insurance claim.
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Photos will provide additional evidence of what your home looked like following the burglary or robbery. Police photos might be incomplete or the insurance company might need additional photos.
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Call insurance company
Call your insurance company quickly so they can help guide you through documenting damage, making a list of missing items, and making claims.
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Don’t throw out broken property
You might be tempted to throw out damaged property out of frustration, but those items need to be documented for any possible claims.
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Locate proof of ownership documents
It’s a good idea to keep documents related to big purchases, because it can make providing proof of ownership to insurance companies easier.
Secure your home
It might be time to take a look at security weak points in your home and take steps to strengthen security. It could mean adding security cameras, additional lighting or tougher locks to a home.
Call your bank
It’s good to call your bank even if you don’t know if any financial records were taken. You may not see the effect of stolen bank documents right away, but you can avoid any potential losses by changing accounts, pins, and other financial information.
Let the neighbours know
Burglars like to strike in the same area multiple times because they’ve usually cased a neighbourhood for some time before striking. So be a good neighbour and let your neighbours know about a burglary.
Talk to someone
A burglary will summon feelings of being unsafe, and that can have a lasting effect. If you’re experiencing residual effects from the burglary, be sure to speak with a professional who can help with anxiety issues.
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