Your home is a place where you feel safe and secure. However, it’s also where you keep your valuables. From jewelry to artwork to electronics, you likely have a few items that burglars would love to get their hands on.
Many of us have security systems and locks in place, yet, despite all our precautions, sometimes even the most secured homes are burglarized. Coming home to discover that your home has been burglarized comes with a whirlwind of emotions. However, it’s important to stay calm and take action.
Contact the authorities. The first thing to do when you discover that you’ve been burglarized is to leave the house for your safety, and then contact the police. The sooner you call the better. That way, the chances of the authorities catching your burglar increase.
Don’t touch. Fingerprints are delicate and smudges can hamper the investigation. Resist the urge to touch anything until the police arrive.
Determine the damage. Once your nerves have settled, make a record of any items that were damaged in the robbery. Take stock of your windows and doors, and check to see if anything has been damaged. Take lots of pictures from a variety of angles so that you have good documentation. Also, don’t forget to obtain a copy of your police report. You may need it later when you file a claim with your insurance company.
Contact an Agent. The sooner you report the incident to your insurance, the sooner your case can be dealt with and resolved. If you are a customer with Colonial Insurance or any of the insurance companies we with work with, contact one of our agents, and we can help you through the claims process.
Install/upgrade your security system. Once the dust settles and you get back into your usual routine, audit your home’s security measures. Find the weakest points and make upgrades so that you’re better able to protect your home.
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