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Break-Ins: The Aftermath

If you were burgled, you know the traumatizing experience that it can give. This will leave a mark that will keep you on the edge. We in Mobile Locksmith Northern Ireland made this article to guide you on how to reestablish your home security.

Following a break-in you must:

Contact the police. If you were away when the break-in happened, your instinct might tell you to go in and investigate. We highly advise not to do this, you never know if the perpetrators are still there.

We recommend going to a secure place, such as your vehicle or a neighbor’s house, and reporting the break-in to the police. If it is not an emergency, such as if your life is not in danger, we recommend dialing 101 rather than 999. However, if you are afraid that there are still people in your house, we recommend dialing 999 for emergency assistance.

Keep track of missing items. When the police show up, they’ll write down evidence and statements, as well as to inquire as to whether someone saw anything and what things you suspect are missing. They will then prepare a summary and assign you a case number; you can write this number down because it will be useful for insurance claims and will help you keep track of your case.

Photograph everything. Taking pictures will help you in the long run as you stack your evidence list, this strengthens your case more. Take pictures of where the burglar entered, like broken doors and windows. Also, take pictures of damages you find.

Contact a Locksmith. After the police end their initial investigation and give you the signal, quickly contact a locksmith. You need to replace every lock in your house, even window locks. Don’t think about getting them repaired, burglars usually target houses they already know the layout of. So, it is best to replace all locks and secure your property.

When you contact a locksmith, we always recommend that you meet with them to determine which security locks are suitable for your home and what benefits they have. Since not all locks are made alike, installing a higher security lock will help you restore some sense of security. Inquire regarding their home protection recommendations and what they think should be done to your property to reduce the likelihood of a future incident.

A day after a break-in

List the items stolen. Even if the police have their list, it is best to try and make one of your own. When making this list, try to find receipts that prove you bought the items and how much is it. Also, note how long you have the item.

Preventing future break-ins by securing your house.

Get better locks. As previously said, no lock is created equal; however, certain locks have enhanced security features and burglar deterrents that can help discourage anyone to try and burgle you. Updating your home’s protection not only makes you feel safer but also sends a message to burglars that you’ve taken measures to make yourself a tougher target.

Mount lights that are motion activated. Burglars usually strike when it’s dark. They especially love dimly lit places. Getting motion active lights would help scare away would-be thieves. Mount these lights in dark places around your home like your garden.

Consider installing a security system. Security cameras and burglar alarms are not only excellent systems for ensuring that your home is secure, but they also serve as excellent visual deterrents to potential intruders. Ultimately, the safest way to avoid crime and keep your home safe is to make yourself a less tempting option for would-be intruders.

In summary, security measures like these will help you deter burglars to target your house again. But for those who have never experienced it, it would be wise to plan and take the necessary steps in order for you to be safe from potential perpetrators. In Mobile Locksmith Northern Ireland, we provide these services and more. When you need help with your home security, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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