You come home and find your home has been burglarized. What should you do? There are several steps you can follow. Here are some suggestions.
Call the police immediately. Do not attempt to go into the house and try to find out what was taken. The burglars may still be inside. Wait at a friends house until the police have finished their investigation. By going inside, you may jeopardize their findings.
Next, protect your money. We live in a electronic age. You may have online banking. If so, your passwords may have been stolen. Call your bank and credit card companies. Follow their advice. The bank may want you to change your account numbers and passwords. Your credit card companies will put your accounts on a special “watch” list for unusual activity.
File your insurance claim. First, make a detailed list of the items that were stolen. If you had such items as a precious painting or expensive electronics, note them on your list. Check your coverage. Most policies will pay for stolen items but at a depreciated value. In some cases you may have purchased insurance withfull reimbursement. Be present and aware and polite when the adjuster comes to analyze your losses. Answer all their questions truthfully. You may need to explain certain items. The adjuster will then submit your claim to their office. Here the is where your final report is generated. Upon receipt, examine it carefully. This is the basis for your refund. If you have any questions, be sure to contact the company immediately and resolve the issues.
Now is the time to review the security for your home. Call a reputable locksmith. They will give you sound advice about what to do to beef up your security. Their first advice will be to install dead bolt locks on all doors including your patio door. The bolt should go at least one inch into your door casing. They may recommend steel doors. They offer more protection and are more difficult to break down. Next check your windows. You may need to install new window locks. If you want to be safer, you could install a steel mesh covering each window. Check all your basement windows. Follow your locksmith's advice for the best locks to use here.
Your locksmith may recommend that you install an electronic security system in your home. There are different kinds of systems. If you so choose, you may sign up for a service that connects your system to a local security center or police station.
Now to the outside of your home. Keep your shrubs trimmed and be sure they do not provide cover for burglars. Install outside lights that are sensitive to movement. Burglars may think there is someone home if they trip one up. Place a big sign “beware of dog” in plain sight. Burglars don't want to meet up with a Rottweiler.
About the Author: Mark Clay is a highly dedicated member of the Always Locksmith London. Always Locksmith is a leading locksmith in greater London, and provides expert residential and commercial services as well. When not taking calls in the office or out on a service visit, Mark can be found on the football pitch with his two children.