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13 Things to Do If Your Home Gets Broken Into

Know the steps to take following a break-in, so you can start moving forward as soon as possible.

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Call the police

You’ll want to report the incident to the police to establish a record and also get information for filing an insurance claim. Make sure you can see the 13 sneaky signs someone is watching your house.

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Take pictures

Photos will provide additional evidence of what your home looked like following the burglary or robbery. Police photos might be incomplete or the insurance company might need additional photos. Find out what burglars don’t want you to know.

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Don’t touch anything

There is the potential that you could destroy any evidence in your home before the police arrive. Make sure you’re not making your home a target for burglars by avoiding doing these things.

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Locate pets

If a door remained opened after a burglary, it’s possible you might need to locate your pets if they aren’t in the home. Find out the secrets a home security installer won’t tell you.

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Call insurance company

Call your insurance company quickly so they can help guide you through documenting damage, making a list of missing items, and making claims.

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Document everything

Keep a complete list of what was taken and its approximate value. You might even want to draw pictures or let the police know of specific identification marks. Keep an extra copy of the list for insurance purposes.

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Don’t throw out broken property

You might be tempted to throw out damaged property out of frustration, but those items need to be documented for any possible claims. Discover the 50 secret hiding places thieves will never look.

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Locate proof of ownership documents

It’s a good idea to keep documents related to big purchases, because it can make providing proof of ownership to insurance companies easier. Here are 13 inexpensive ways to theft-proof your home.

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Secure your home

It might be time to take a look at security weak points in your home and take steps to strengthen security. It could mean adding security cameras, additional lighting, or tougher locks to a home. Find out other safety tips that could help prevent a break-in.

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Call your bank

It’s good to call your bank even if you don’t know if any financial records were taken. You may not see the effect of stolen bank documents right away, but you can avoid any potential losses by changing accounts, pins, and other financial information. Here are the hiding spots burglars look first

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Let the neighbors know

Burglars like to strike in the same area multiple times because they’ve usually cased a neighborhood for some time before striking. So be a good neighbor and let your neighbors know about a burglary.

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Follow up with police

You’ll want to find the burglar immediately, but crimes don’t usually get solved overnight. Be sure to follow up with police periodically to keep abreast of the investigation. Here are some things you should do ASAP if your wallet gets stolen.

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Talk to someone

A burglary will summon feelings of being unsafe, and that can have a lasting effect. If you’re experiencing residual effects from the burglary, be sure to speak with a professional who can help with anxiety issues. Next, find out the 8 ways to make it look like you’re home and fool burglars.

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