Assess the Situation / Don't Enter the House
You’ve been away on vacation and you finally return home to find a window smashed and your front door slightly ajar. Your heart sinks as you realize someone has broken into your home. You’re not quite sure of the extent of the damage as you haven’t gone inside yet, but you know the window was whole and your door was tightly closed when you left. What should you do now?
Call the Police / Don't Touch Anything
If you have a cell phone with you, then the very first thing you should do is call the police. Do not touch or move anything until the police get there and have a thorough look around. They might be able to find some evidence to lead them to the burglar. If you touch anything or move anything, it could delay or even erase important evidence.
Take Pictures/ List Stolen Items / Clean Up
Take pictures right away of the damage – including how the door was slightly open if applicable. If there are noticeable items missing, make a list. When you contact the insurance company to start a claim, your agent will want to know what is missing and the extent of the home damage. Once you’ve done all of that, you can start the cleanup process.
Secure Your Home Better Than Before
Now that a burglar has breached your home’s security defenses, it’s time to secure everything anew. It may be a good idea to have a local locksmith change your locks and make other recommendations for additional security. Motion-activated exterior lights and window break sensors may be a good investment. More extensive home security systems include cameras.
Learn How to Live Again
You don’t just get over someone breaking into your home. It shatters your sense of security. If necessary, to help you overcome this emotional blow, you might need to seek counseling or talk to neighbors who were also burglerized. You can get through it, and you can make sure your home is better protected. Life will go on, but it’s okay to take time to recover from the trauma of having an intruder inside your house.