Did you know that as a Florida resident, the odds of becoming the victim of a property crime is 1 in 36? Because having your home broken into is a frightening event that not only damages your home, but also compromises the safety and comfort of you and your family, it is important to prepare yourself for the steps you may have to take in case a home break-in were to happen to you.
Here are the top three things that you should do when you come home to find your home has been burglarized;
Get out and call 9-1-1
If you’ve come home to find that your house has been broken into, don’t touch anything. Get out of the house immediately and call the police. There’s no way of knowing whether the robber is still there until your local police department arrives on the scene to investigate. As soon as you’ve gone to a safe location, call 9-1-1. The sooner you’re able to call, the quicker officers can arrive at your home and begin searching for a burglar and for any inflicted damage. If the burglar has already left your home, your quickness to contact the authorities can increase their chances of catching the burglar and returning your belongings.
Take pictures and file claims
Once authorities have confirmed that the robber is no longer in your home, take pictures of any damage done to your home or belongings, and any other remaining evidence of the home invasion. In doing this, you can identify any missing objects and property damage, easing the process of filing police reports and insurance claims. In order to recover what was lost from your home, you need to first file a police report, which can be done either by going directly to the police station or online through your sheriff department’s website. With this police report, you can then file a claim to your homeowners or renters insurance, where the compiled information will be assessed and further investigated by the insurance company so that they can replace any stolen items or repair damaged property.
Strengthen your home security
One of the most important steps after being the victim of a burglary is to fortify your home so that you aren’t targeted again. After repairing any damage done to your home during the burglary, make sure to focus on strengthening the security of the entry point through which the burglar first entered your home, such as a doorway, and also be aware of other possible entryways allowing access into your home. For example, be wary of tree branches that grow closely to your upstairs windows, or vents and doggy doors that an intruder may use to access your home. Once you have addressed any entry point weaknesses in your home's defense, consider getting a security system. Home security systems are one of the best burglar deterrents, particularly when the alarm service provider’s signs and stickers are advertised directly outside your residence.
Having a home security system armed and ready when you’re asleep or out of the house will further strengthen your residence, making it less appealing for burglars. Please contact us at J&J Security Services for further advice on how to protect your home from another break-in.