The last thing that
anyone wants to do is come home to find out to that he or she has been
burglarized. It is devastating. It can be even worse if the act
happens when you are home.
If you have been burglarized,
stop, take a deep breath, and walk through this checklist:
the Police. Before you do
anything else, notify the authorities. The sooner you let the police
know what happened, the sooner they will be on their way, and the better
your chances will be to regain your stolen items. As time lapses,
the burglars will be harder to catch, so getting the authorities on their
trail immediately is essential.
Notes. Grab a pen and paper,
and get to work. Did you see the assailants? If so, make sure
you write down everything that you can remember about them. Are
things missing? If so, note them. The following items will
help you with your list:
* What did the burglars look like? Take
note of how many there were. Pay attention to race, gender, and
approximate age. Write down what you remember them wearing and note which
way you saw them go.
*Where is there damage?Are windows broken? Is there damage to the door? Are items broken
inside the house?
*What is missing?Go through each room, and look for items that are no longer there.
Particular items to keep an eye out include jewelry and electronics.
Write down everything that you notice is missing, include the room it
was in and a small description that you can give the police when they arrive.
Pictures. Do not touch
anything! It is imperative that the police see the scene as closely
to the way you found it as possible. However, while you are waiting
for them to arrive, you can get to work taking pictures and documenting
the scene. Not only could this potentially be useful for the police,
but your insurance company will likely need to see the photos when/if you
file a claim. Be sure that you take photos of any of the damage that
you noted, inclusive of broken windows and damage to doors. Anything
broken or damaged inside the house or peculiar things that you may find
outside should also be documented via photo. Anything that is
misplaced should also be documented with pictures. For example, open
jewelry boxes and and an empty space on a desk where a computer clearly
used to be can be good evidence, even though the items in question are no
a Claim. With a police report in
hand, notify your insurance company. You will need to provide them
with the report number, and several other pieces of information that are
documented on the police report. Gather any receipts that are
pertinent and have those handy, too. Your insurance company may
send an adjuster to your home to assess the situation personally. If
that happens, have copies of all of your paperwork ready. The
insurance adjuster will probably take your evidence with him or her, but
you should have a set of the information with you for your own records,
Going forward, one of the
best ways to prevent being burglarized will be to increase the security of your
home. Identify weak spots so they can be remedied. A security system is
an excellent place to start and there are many options. If you want to
know more about how a home security system could help keep your family safe, contact
our team at Bates Security today!