Having your home broken into is a troubling occurrence for anyone. It’s an intrusion into your personal property and can eliminate any feeling of safety for that you feel.
After you go through the standard procedures after a break-in including contacting the police and insurance to report the crime and anything missing; here are a few things you can do to feel safe again…
Adding or beefing up the security system of your home including:
– Post security emblems or signs to ward off intruders. They will pick an easier home to invade.
– If they found a flaw in your current security system, fix it and improve it.
Living after having your home broken into can be very stressful. If anyone in the family has ongoing anxiety and just can’t stop worrying on the possibility of another break-in, you might want to seek some professional counseling. Ask anyone that has had their privacy invaded with a break-in, it can be very traumatizing. Many times victims can even develop symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress. This is where the help and expertise on a professional trained in the area may be helpful. Asking for help should not be something to be afraid of.
The recovery of your property that was stolen might not be that easy and it’s best to have the law enforcement officials handle this. There are things that you can do to help. Keep a current and running video inventory of your household possessions. Marking valuables with an ID, even a driver’s license number can help trace items back to you.
If your neighborhood doesn’t have a Neighborhood Watch, it’s easy to start-up. Getting to know your neighbors better and watching out for each other can have great benefits to everyone that you live around. You can be tremendous allies to help protect each other’s property.
Other simple things that you can do to ward off intruders is to make sure your home doesn’t look vacant when you are not at home. Installing timers on different lights or even on the TV, can make someone think twice about breaking into your home. Again, most thieves are going to pick the easiest targets that they can and will avoid taking un-necessary risks of being caught.
The more you can advertise to these criminals that your home is not an easy target, you safer you and your family and your possessions will be in the long run.