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If your home is burglarized, it can be a very traumatic experience- if your pets at home, make that double the stress! You may feel violated and unsafe in your own home and scared to know that your pet was a bystander/witness. It is important to take the necessary steps to ensure that you are safe and secure after a burglary has occurred. In this blog post, we will discuss what to do if your home is broken into and how to ensure your pets don’t get unduly traumatized.

Feeling Unsafe After a Break-In

Being the victim of a break-in can be a traumatic experience for you and your pets. Some burglers gain entry through dog doors, cat window gardens and are even getting creative posing as a dog walker to gain your trust and access to your home.  If you have been the victim of a break-in, it is important to do whatever you can to make yourself feel safe again. This may mean changing the locks on your doors and windows, installing a security system, sealing the dog door or even moving to a new home. If you have any concerns about your safety, it is also important to notify the police. Taking these precautions can help you to feel safer in your home and reduce the risk of being the victim of a crime.

Taking Steps to Secure Your Home

  • Assess the Damage: One of the first things you should do is assess the damage and see what needs to be repaired or replaced. If any doors or windows were broken, replace them with sturdier, more secure models.
  • Check in with your pet(s):  Conduct a thorough physical inspection of them head to tail. Also see if they are rattled or developed anxiety down the road- sometimes the effects on the pet show up after the shock of being robbed wears off.
  • Invest in a Security System: It is a good idea to invest in a security system. A visible security system can deter would-be burglars, and an alarm can alert you (and the authorities) in the event of a break-in. Reliable home security companies like ADT can provide you with the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is protected.
  • Change Your Locks: If you are concerned about your safety, it is a good idea to change the locks on all of the doors in your home. You may also want to consider installing deadbolts for added security.
  • Keep Your Home Well-Lit: Finally, make sure to keep your home well-lit, both inside and out. Burglars are less likely to target a well-lit home, so this simple measure can go a long way in protecting your property.

By taking these steps, you can help to secure your home against future break-ins.

Contact the Police

If your home has been burglarized, it is important to contact the police as soon as possible. The sooner you make the report, the easier it will be for the police to investigate and try to identify the culprit.

When you call, be sure to have all the relevant information ready, including your address, a description of the burglary, and any other relevant details. The police will likely ask you several questions to get a better understanding of what happened. It is important to be cooperative and provide as much information as possible.

In many cases, the police will be able to catch the burglars and return your belongings. However, even if they are not able to do so, making a report is still important to help prevent future burglaries from happening in your neighborhood.

Tips for Preventing a Break-In Before it Happens

There are several simple steps that homeowners can take to help prevent break-ins. Perhaps the most important is to make sure all doors and windows are securely locked, even when you’re home.

It’s also a good idea to keep your valuables out of sight of windows and doors. If burglars can see electronics, jewelry, or other items they could easily sell, they’re more likely to target your home.

Furthermore, it’s essential to keep your home well-lit, both inside and out. A well-lit home is less inviting to criminals and makes it easier for neighbors or passersby to spot suspicious activity.

Finally, consider installing a security system. A visible security system is often enough to deter would-be burglars, and some systems even allow you to monitor your home remotely.

Summary

If your home is burglarized, it’s important to take steps to secure your property and contact the police. There are also a number of things you can do to help prevent break-ins from happening in the first place. By taking these precautions, you can help keep yourself, your pets and your belongings safe.

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