If your home has been broken into, you will definitely be frightened, confused, and shocked; in addition to property damage and loss, the emotional toll of a break-in is overwhelming. This article will explore what to do after your house has been broken into. If you are looking to install a security system in your house, contact Jay 360 today.
What To Do After Your House Has Been Broken Into
1. Safety is the first priority. Leave the house and call 911.
While most burglars will run the moment they hear a homeowner approach, some may hide in the home. If you return to your home and a break-in appears to have occurred, get to a safe place immediately until the police arrive. Some safe places nearby may be a neighbour’s house or a car. Don’t worry if you aren’t sure, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You don’t need to confirm that items have been stolen to contact police.
2. Don’t touch anything. Look around to see what’s been stolen.
Some burglars will wear gloves, but not all are that sophisticated. Try not to touch anything after your home has been broken into. Instead look, catalogue (make a list), and take pictures if possible of damage or places where items have been taken. If you touch something you risk compromising the fingerprints and damaging the evidence. Until police have given you the okay, don’t touch anything. Be sure not to throw out any damaged property without notifying your insurance.
3. Take inventory.
As mentioned above, you’ll need to make a list of items that were stolen and property that was damaged. When the list (inventory) is complete, be sure to provide the list to law enforcement and your insurance company. Take pictures of damaged property, such as doors and windows, and items inside your home that have been damaged. Before contacting insurance, file a police report. Getting your list is the first step to getting this done.
4. Take care of kids.
A break-in can be traumatic for children. Be sure to consider this and possibly have children stay with family or friends until the house has been put back in order. You want to make sure they are not living in fear in their own home. While this isn’t always possible, it’s a good idea to consider. A home is often a safe place for children. Everyone in your family will need extra love and attention after a burglary, including you.
5. Clean up and get back to normal.
Putting your home back in order will help you start to regain control and peace of mind after a burglary, and is the first step to enjoying life as you knew it. It’s always a good idea to ask friends and family to help if you feel the task may be an emotional one. If you notice any items that are not yours, contact the police.
6. Prepare for the future.
Nothing you do can 100% guarantee your home security, but a few things can help reduce the chance you’ll experience another burglary. You will need to educate yourself on your home security options. Today more than ever, there are a number of effective, affordable security cameras to choose from. Check out the Best Security Camera Systems based on consumer reviews here. There have been studies proving that homes without security alarm systems are more likely to be broken into. A study by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology found that homes without alarm systems are three times more likely to be burglarized than those with an alarm system.
7. Take all necessary security measures.
Installing motion detectors, ensuring doors and windows are locked, and using timers to activate lights when you’re not at home are easy and inexpensive ways you can help secure your home from another break-in. Be sure to do your research on what security system will be best for you and find out all the additional features you will need to have peace of mind. Contact Jay 360 today if you have any questions about what security measures may be needed for your home.
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What Video Surveillance Can I Set Up On My Own Property?
There are fewer rules and regulations that govern residential surveillance laws – some Ontario cities and towns still do not have formal residential surveillance bylaws. Other cities, such as Hamilton, do have extensive laws. It’s important to know and understand any local bylaws before installing residential surveillance cameras.
Bylaws that do govern residential surveillance cameras typically have rules about surveillance camera placement and laws against “excessive” fortification. For example, you can typically have a few security cameras around your property, but they must only be able to view your property – not even a tiny amount of your neighbour’s property should be visible on your cameras.
Unfortunately, not all areas have residential surveillance laws right now. If your region does not have camera bylaws, there are general tips to help prevent accidental invasion of privacy and neighbour conflict:
- Talk to your neighbours – tell them about your security cameras and explain why you chose to install them. This will help eliminate suspicions and fears that you may be spying on them.
- Point cameras away from neighbours – try your best to position your camera so it only points towards your property. Ideally, none of your neighbour’s property will be seen on your camera.
- Compromise – if your neighbours feel uncomfortable, try your best to compromise with a level head. Be calm, polite, and listen to their concerns before reacting.
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