Sunday, June 5, 2016

Burglarized ??

You come home and find that your home or apartment was burglarized. This is a horrible feeling I know many years ago I came home to find my home was broken into which was part of the inspiration for starting this blog. When it happens to me I was lost I didn’t know what to do or even how to protect my home in the future. The initial shock froze me what do I do? Who do I tell? How do I recover from this loss? So many questions I didn’t have the answer for at the time. I hope by taking the steps I have provided in this blog you never have to go through a burglary. However, if you do come home to a burglary here are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

When you come home and you find your home has been broken into call the police. This is the first thing you should do and wait for them outside your home. You do not know at what stage the burglary took place the burglar could still be in your home. You should be taking notes on people passing by or things out of place on the outside of your home. When the police arrive on scene escort the police in the house show them the point of entry or how the burglar may have entered your home. After have the police check all the areas of the home closet, underneath the bed, bushes etc. to make sure the burglar is gone.

At some point you are going to have to call your insurance company so you can be made whole again. You need to keep receipts on all your expensive purchases because they will ask but another option is to take pictures of all your high value items such as electronics and jewelry this will help in the recovery process. You can create a folder on your phone for keeping pictures of your high value items in your home. I have to say my experience with my insurance company was less than great. When you have to pay the premium they want their money but when the have to pay you it is a long process.

After the police have completed their investigation and documented the burglary clean up your home. This will help you start to put your life back together; the entry points the burglary used to gain access to your home must be strengthened. If they entered through the front door fix the locks buy better locks, equip your home with alarm system if you don’t already have one there are many available. You can purchase an all in one device as well to protect your home.

I hope this helps as always please leave a comment

Mark Carvajal 

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