Nobody wants a home invasion to happen. It’s why we have security systems, and why we teach our children how to be safe. Despite our best efforts though, there are some things that just happen, and home invasion is one of them. Here’s what to do, afterwards.
- Leave your house and call 911. Most burglars will leave as soon as they think people are home, but some might stay with intentions of attacking the family.
- Don’t touch anything. You don’t want to contaminate a crime scene, and if the police can get fingerprints off anything, you’re one step closer to finding the burglars.
- Wait in a safe place. Understandably, seeing your house robbed will be upsetting and it’s important to stay out of the way of police. If you can stay with family, even better.
- Take inventory, and not just of the missing items. If nothing’s missing, you can still inventory the damaged items. It also helps the police know what they’ll need to be on the lookout for.
- Take care of kids and pets. This will be an emotional time for everyone, and going back into a robbed house will hurt very sensitive children. Give them time away to heal, and give yourself time to adjust as well.
- Reclaim your normal. Once the police have given you the okay to put the house back together, do so. Get back to your usual routine as soon as you can.
- Prepare for the future. Look at how the burglar entered, and figure out how you can fix that. Look into more serious forms of security and slowly replace your belongings.
The aftermath of home robbery is naturally scary, but following these tips will help you reclaim your house as a safe place. There’s no harm in taking your time either, and letting everyone in your family adjust to a new household.