Anger, fear, uncertainty, and a sense of violation are some of the emotions that break-in victims report experiencing in the aftermath of a robbery. If you suffer such an incursion into your domestic haven, what should you do to get your life back on track? How should you deal with break-in repairs?
It probably goes without saying that the most obvious first step is to call the police. Make sure you do so immediately, as you’ll need a prompt police report to file an insurance claim. Until the police arrive, don’t touch anything so as to avoid contaminating potential evidence. But, after the flashing red lights pull out of the driveway, how do you regain that sense of security you once took for granted? Well, here’s a brief how-to guide on break-in repairs:
1.) Call your insurer. Whether you have homeowner’s insurance or renter’s insurance, there are deadlines for filing claims, so calling insurance should be at the top of your to-do list. Admittedly, you won’t actually get back the belongings you lost, but you should be able to be compensated for them. However, if you want to try to get back the actual items that you lost, you might want to consider keeping an eye on local pawnshops.
2.) Make any structural repairs. If there are any broken windows or doors, fix them as soon as possible. Although repeat break-ins by the same burglar are unlikely, until you’ve repaired the site of the break-in you’re leaving yourself vulnerable to new incursions.
3.) Check for missing credit cards. If your bank cards, credit cards, or other personal information is missing, call the relevant businesses and inform them. After all, you certainly don’t want for the same person who robbed your house to ruin your credit.
4.) Change the locks. To minimize the possibility of a future break-in, make sure that you update to the latest in locking technology – as that’s what thieves are least likely to pick successfully. Obviously, new locks are a necessary part of break-repairs if the existing locks were damaged during the burglary, and they are also a must if any keys are or might be missing. If you own any key-operated safes, don’t forget about them in your in the process of changing locks.
5.) Get timer lights. Although this is not a foolproof burglar foil, it can be a relatively low-cost deterrent. Preventative measures are a key aspect of break-in repairs.
6.) Consider purchasing a security system. Security systems are available in all shapes and sizes, in a wide array of price ranges and with an amazing variety of hi-tech features. Even if you don’t think a security system is likely to fall within your budget, the initial consultation with a security professional may still prove immensely useful.
7.) Consider counseling. If, after all your legal recourses, structural break-in repairs, and preventative security measures are complete, you find yourself still unable to regain peace of mind then you may want to consider counseling.
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