Thursday, February 21, 2019

You've Been Burgled - Now What?

No one ever wants to come home to find that they have been burgled. Unfortunately, though, it is still something that commonly happens, especially in built-up urban areas. Even though you may think that your home is very safe and secure, there could still be ways for intruders to make their way into your property and take some of your most valuable and treasured items.

So, what does happen in the worst-case scenario? Well, if you do ever return home to find a burglary has taken place, you need to follow these next steps very carefully.

Call The Police
One of the first things that you need to do is call the police. They will then come over to turn your home into a crime scene so that they can thoroughly investigate it. As well as looking around the property, they will probably also have a few questions for you. For instance, they will likely want to know how long you were out of the house for. They might want to question your neighbors as well in case they saw anything.

Phone A Lawyer
You will also need to call a criminal defense lawyer. This lawyer will be able to represent you if the burglar is found and things are taken to court. Not only that, though, but your attorney will be able to see if you are eligible for any compensation. If so, they will help you make your case and they could even boost your payout.

Write Down Anything That Is Missing
It’s important that you walk around your home and make a note of any items and belongings that are missing. The police will want a complete list of all the missing things. If they do find the burglar, they might be able to retrieve them for you. You should also send this list to your contents insurance provider. If the items aren’t retrieved, your insurance provider will more than likely offer you a payout so that you can replace them.

Don’t Touch Anything
Make sure that you don’t touch anything in the house once you arrive back. As the police will be investigating it as a crime scene, they will need to dust for fingerprints. Any fresh fingerprints that you or your family make could spoil their results and it could be harder for them to get readings of the burglar’s prints.

Secure The Property
Once the police are finished and head back to the station, it’s time to secure your property again. If there are any damage to your windows, you may need to call an emergency window company to replace the damaged ones. Similarly, it’s worth calling out a locksmith to change the locks on all your doors. Even though there is a very little chance of the thief returning, it’s still best to secure your property so there is no way they will be able to get in again.

This can be quite a scary situation, but following these steps will help you get through it.