Moving in to a brand new property, and the fact that my boyfriend works lates, was quite a scary concept at first. I’d just at any noise and bump in the night, thinking there was someone living in my loft- or trying to break into the back door. I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to that. We obviously got contents insurance, but it’s always a good idea to be prepared when moving into a new place, or indeed just in general, for any break ins or burglaries. Having a good plan in place and knowing exactly what steps to take in the hours and days following a burglary is the best way to reduce the damage.
Call The Police
Seems like an obvious one doesn’t it? Of course, you’re going to call the police, but you need to do it right away. It’s going to be a huge shock when you arrive home to find that you’ve been robbed and all of that hard work you put into making your home look great has been ruined, but don’t waste time panicking and trying to work out what’s been taken, that comes later. The quicker you call the police, the more chance they have of catching whoever did it and possibly recovering some of your stuff before it’s sold on. Call them as soon as you realize a burglary has happened and then you can start sorting everything else out. When you’re calling the police, remember that it’s not an emergency so don’t dial 999. You need to find the local, non-emergency number for your local station and call that instead.
Secure The House
After somebody has broken in, securing the house is the most important thing to do. You won’t be able to stay in the house if you can’t close and lock all of the doors and windows. Call somebody like SJO Locksmith to replace the locks immediately. Get them to fix the door if that’s how they got in, but change the locks everywhere at the same time. There’s a chance that the burglars might have got a spare key from somewhere in the house so it’s too risky to keep those same locks. Have any windows fixed and consider getting some extra locks to make the house more secure in future.
Call The Insurance Company
If you haven’t got home insurance, get some now. Anybody that doesn’t have it is going to lose a lot of stuff if they get burgled and they’ll have to replace it themselves. Dealing with the insurance company is a lengthy and often frustrating process but the sooner you do it, the sooner you’ll have your stuff replaced. The first thing you’ll need to do is go through the entire house and make a list of everything that’s been taken, along with a rough estimate of how much it’s all worth. People often lie on these lists but it’s not worth it. The insurance companies are experienced enough to know when people aren’t being truthful and having a long dispute with them just delays the whole thing. It’s not really worth it to get a few things for free.
Getting robbed is one of the worst things that can happen to you, but it is, unfortunately, a part of life so it’s better to be ready for it.