What to do After a Break-in

When it comes to home security, our locks are the first and, arguably, the best line of defence.

As an essential component to keeping your home secure, it’s likely that you’ll want your locks to be in top working order.

However, if, for example, your locks aren’t up to spec or have been damaged in the past, opportunistic criminals can take advantage.

Break-ins are terrifying for those affected, leaving you with a feeling of vulnerability and fear. Although it can be difficult to know what to do after a break-in occurs, there are certain steps you will need to take in order to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. With this in mind, we decided to look at the top priorities after a break-in.

Call the police
Although it may seem obvious, if you’re suffering from shock, you may not think to get in touch with the police right away; the longer you wait to call, the less likely the chances are of the criminal being caught and your goods being returned.

If you’re sure the burglar has left the premises, a call to the non-emergency response team will
suffice, beginning the process of trying to catch the suspect.

Evaluate the situation

Now that the police are on their way, it’s important to assess the situation and figure out what has gone missing or have been damaged. Write up a list of all of these items so that you can give it to the police when they arrive.

If you have any photographic or video evidence of the event, be sure to pass this onto the authorities as well. It’s also good to remember to keep copies of this information to hand for when you get in touch with your insurance company.

Call your insurance company
If you have home insurance cover, you will need to get in touch with your supplier within 24 hours of filing a claim with the police in order for it to be valid. Therefore, it is imperative you contact them as soon as possible.

At this point, your insurance provider will usually send round a claim adjuster to inspect the damage, meaning it is important that you leave things untouched until the police are happy for you to do so.

Take time to calm down
The aftermath of a break-in can leave you extremely vulnerable, especially if you were in your home at the time of the incident. Because of this, you will likely still be in a state of shock which could, in turn, cause you to make unwise decisions.

Luckily, there are organisations dedicated to helping the victims of a burglary to feel safe in their own homes again. Charities such as Victim Support are on hand to help you through this difficult process and operate nationally.

Apply preventative measures
After the burglary, it’s likely you’ll be wanting to ensure that it never happens again. You’ll be able to quickly ascertain how the burglar gained access to your property, meaning you’ll know exactly how to counteract it.

Ensuring all of your locks are up to date models is always a good place to start, with innovations in security technology making it even harder to access a well-secured property. It can also be useful to invest in a safe in order to fully protect the things most important to you. Even the smallest measures can make a real difference to your home security so have a look around your house.

Guardian Security are experts in providing security services to both domestic and commercial
customers and pride themselves on being able to deliver whatever is necessary to secure your home or business.



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