Besides having your home-turned upside down and losing both expensive and priceless items, a break-in can also affect both you and your family, emotionally.
Your home is your personal space, the place where you feel safest and that has been violated and knowing there has been an intruder can cause a significant amount of emotional stress.
However, in the same way you need to pick up the belongings around your home and put them back into some sort of order, you also need to do this with your emotions. Right now this might sound easier said than done, but moving on is important – or you will continue to feel lost and vulnerable in your own home.
So, what you should do? Consider taking the following steps that will help you move past this awful situation and start moving on with your life.
Call the Police and the Insurance Company
If the break in occurred recently and there wasn’t a great deal of damage or much taken, then you may think there is no point calling the police – they will never find them. But the healing process will move much quicker and easier if you know that the person responsible has been punished or is being pursued by the law.
The police will file a report, which will help you to claim on the insurance and could increase their presence in the area. After contacting the insurance company you have some solace in the fact that not all is lost.
Clean Up All Signs of the Break-In
Don’t start doing this until the police have been and have all they need otherwise you could tidy up the clue that will help them find the culprit. However, once they have been it is important to start physically putting your life back in to order. This will give you something to focus on and means that there won’t be any signs to bring it all flooding back.
Secure Your Home
The most important thing to do is secure your home in every way you can to avoid anything like this happening again. It will enable you to feel safer and give you piece of mind that you have done everything you can to stop this happening again. Consider changing the locks if they gained access with a spare key, reinforcing the locks on windows and doors and perhaps installing an alarm system.
Talk to Each Other
Firstly, if you live with people – your family, a partner, even a flatmate – talk to each other, you are all in the same situation and talking about it can only help. If you live alone, you might consider staying with friends or family for a few days or, even better, asking them to come and stay with you. You also want to talk to your neighbours – tell them what has happened so they can be alert; both for their own home and so you can keep an eye on yours.
You may also want to consider talking to an organisation such as Victim Support – who can give you the emotional support you need to cope with the effects of the burglary and to think about the next steps.