What To Do in the Event of a Burglary February 13th, 2013
Who to call and how to find the right insurance and support during such an emergency
Arriving home to discover that your house has been burgled is a home owner’s worst nightmare, and an experience which can shake you to the core. However much it can feel discomfiting and violating to know that an intruder has been in your home, it’s important to act quickly and take appropriate steps to right the damage.
We’ll look at two scenarios: what to do if you return home and find the intruder in your house; and secondly, what to do if you return home to find that you have already been burgled. Tantamount is safety, and precaution. Allianz Your Cover (www.yourcoverinsurance.co.uk) provides you with the following advice in the event of a burglary:
What to do if the intruder is present when you return home
Chubb Security, makers of locks and alarms, has some excellent tips on what to do in this scenario. If a burglar is present in your house when you return home, leave the premises immediately if you can. Do not stay to make an emergency phone call from your house.
In the event that the burglar has not noticed your presence, going to a neighbours home or business to call can increase the chances of the burglar being detained at the scene. In the very least, if you stay away from the scene, it makes it easier for the police to find fingerprints and identify the intruder when they arrive.
What to do after you have been burgled
As above, the police or security company should be the first into your property after the incident occurs and they have determined that the intruder has left and they can carry out a basic survey of the property.
As the security company and police search your office or home they can usually also determine the point of entry. Note these area(s) so that you can begin to think about how to enhance your security installation.
It is advantageous for you as a home-owner to be present as they survey these areas and provide any support that might be useful. You’ll also notice any changes that need to be made – pruning trees or overhanging plants, installing alarm systems or extra locks on garage doors or less secure outhouse/backdoors, oiling windows and any apertures that are usually left open.
The police will then need a detailed summary of the items missing: if you made an inventory on entering the house, or in purchasing your home insurance policy, then use that information as a basis.
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