Robberies happen around the world. But when you’re getting robbed via your home, it’s a new unsettling feeling for anyone, to say the least. 

In the United States, a burglary happens every 18 seconds, Safewise found. While it’s startling to think about, it’s something that way more than one homeowner deals with day-to-day. It’s approximately 200 homes per hour and 4,800 a day when the math is broken down. 

Thinking that it could never happen to you is the worst thing that any homeowner can do. That’s why preparing for hazards like this can be highly beneficial in the long run. Sure, statistics can be scary. But learning from them also means that you can learn ways to prevent this problem from ever happening again, or maybe in the first place. Dealing with this exposure can be hurtful, traumatic and costly. However, it doesn’t have to be the end. Hopefully, you never get there, but preparation never hurt anyone.

Here’s what to do after you’ve suffered a burglary.

What to Do Right After the Incident Occurs

First things first, call the police, stay out of the way and don’t touch anything, according to Top Security Review. Your safety always comes first, which means that you should consider whether someone is still in your home at all. 

Any details count, so write down what you can remember on your phone or on a notepad. It can help detectives find the culprits faster. If you’ve got surveillance video, review it and see what you can uncover. 

A report by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology found that about 60 percent of convicted burglars stated the presence of a security system influenced their decision to target another home. That means having home protection pays.

What to Do to Prevent Future Shocks

File any homeowners insurance claims, improve security if needed and allow yourself to handle whatever feelings have come with this unfortunate event occurring. Having awareness of this issue means that spreading awareness to others can be a game changer for many.

Remember the times when burglaries occur and they don’t: a statistic found that most of them take place between 10 am and 3 pm and a study found that they mainly don’t exceed 10 minutes. That means many robbers are waiting until you’re out of the house in order to do their dirty work. 

It’s always important to have some kind of back up plan like cameras or a security system. Without it, the police work is all you’re going to have to work off of. Ensuring that your doors are always locked, as well as any windows is what’s going to really keep your home safe in the end. Over 30 percent of robbers are entering a home through doors and windows. 

Remember that there’s someone home for three out of 10 burglaries, says the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Allow yourself time to process what happened and let your feelings out in a productive manner that helps you heal.

About Thayer Innes and Freeman Bunting Insurance Agencies

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