Ring The Police – when you discover you have had a break in the first thing you should do is call the police so the crime is on record. The police will also issue you with a crime reference number which you should keep handy as you will need this when it comes to making an insurance claim. If, when you discover the break in you are outside of your property it is important that you stay outside until the police arrive as you could destroy crucial evidence.
Don’t Touch Or Move Anything – When you are waiting for the police to arrive don’t touch or move anything in or around your property as it could be evidence. If any evidence has been left behind it can play a crucial role in helping the police find and prosecute the culprit which could even result in the recovery of your stolen items. So, no matter what wait for the police before you start, tidying and taking inventory.
Make A List – When the police have finished gathering evidence then you can start putting together a list of any stolen or damaged goods to provide to your insurance company. It is important to try and be as detailed as possible, list any distinctive marks, serial numbers and a rough estimate of the items value.
Call Your Bank – This step is particularly important if you had credit or debit cards in the house at the time of the burglary. Even if your cards haven’t been stolen you should ask the bank to cancel them and verify the last few transactions. This is because the thieves could have taken not of the card details and left them behind allowing them to make online purchases without you being none the wiser.
Contact Insurance – Make sure you make a call to your insurance provider within the first 24 ours of the break in so that your claim can begin to be processed. You will need to provide them with the crime reference number the police provided you with and a list of stolen or damaged items so make sure you have these handy before the call.
Secure Your Property -After the police have done what they need to and give you the all clear you can finally get down to straightening up and getting things back to normal. While you are clearing up the mess you should also consider making your property secure once again. You should call out a local locksmith to come and board up any broken windows and repair, replace or upgrade your locks to ensure that your home is once again secure.
It would be worth considering upgrading your home security measures to help prevent any future break ins. This is something you can discuss with your local locksmith who will be able to advise you on the best security measures for your property and your budget.
If you have fallen victim to a break in or would like to improve your home security to prevent a break in then contact Lime Locks Wirral today - 0151 353 9607