We never want to imagine the worst case scenario. However, what do we do in the event that it does happen? The statistics don’t lie – home break ins are one of the most widespread crimes in Australia, with 335,700 break ins occurring during the 2009-10 year. So you’re prepared in the event of a burglary, read on to know just what you need to do.
- Call the police
Firstly and foremostly, don’t touch anything! Ensure that everything is kept the way it is, should the police need to come and do a full investigation. Next, call the police immediately to file a report. Ensure you tell them all the relevant details they may need to know, including if you have seen any suspicious people in the area before or after you arrived home.
- Do a thorough inspection
Next, you will need to conduct a thorough inspection of all your belongings and your property. Check for all bank cards and credit cards, and immediately call the bank to cancel if you realise these have been stolen. Next, check for all vehicles you may own, and check that all keys to your home and vehicle are accounted for. If these are missing, you may need to change your locks down the track. After this, make sure you go over each room in your house with a fine tooth comb, taking photos of all evidence, entry points. Make a list as you do your inspection and take note of all stolen or damaged items. Keep your list handy, as often it will take days or even weeks to realise some items are missing.
- Call your insurance company
Now that you have an accurate appraisal of the situation, it’s time to notify your insurance company. Your insurance company will usually require you to nominate an amount of money for each stolen item, in order for them to be able to reimburse you correctly. The standard is that there is quite an arduous claim procedure, so bear this in mind.
- Secure your home
To ensure that a break-in doesn’t happen again, you will need to thoroughly secure your home. How did the burglars break in? After your initial inspection of the crime, you should have a good idea of your home’s weak points, and how you can secure them. Often, people come to us after one break in or even two before they deem it necessary to install a proper security system. However, why would you want to run this risk? Which brings us to our next point…
- Prevention is key
There is absolutely no substitute for good security prevention. Prevention is key, as once your house or business has been broken into, it is often too late. Although first response security systems and patrols can sometimes control the situation as it is happening, this isn’t an option if you haven’t paid for these services.
It’s not worth skimping on the safety of you and your loved ones. If you’re curious to know more about your security options, don’t hesitate to contact one of our friendly staff members today. It’s better to be Staysafe than sorry.