Crime is ever on the rise, and burglary is one of those things that people fear happening to them. It can happen late at night, or even during the day, and when it does it can take you through a variety of emotions, and even interrupt your everyday life. When someone is the victim of a burglary, they don’t necessarily have to be present. Not being present shouldn’t underestimate how awful, scared, angry, and violated the person can feel.
It’s important to take the proper steps to protect what’s yours; your property, your well-being, and your safety. If these steps are taken, keep in mind that it won’t guarantee there won’t be a burglary attempt, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Types of Prevention:
Lock Doors and Windows – Believe it or not, there are many people who do not lock their windows and doors. This is especially true when those same people live in neighborhoods that they deem is “safe.” The reality is, there is no place more safe than another, so never assume that. Small towns and suburbs have plenty of crimes happening there as it does in big cities.
Cover Windows – Apply curtains and/or shades to your windows. As with locking, some people don’t cover their windows allowing thiefs or peeping toms to spy on them through their windows, which is particularly easy to do at night, without the burglars being caught. Always cover your windows.
Sensor Lights – If anyone unfamiliar steps foot on your property, sensor lights can, not only startle them, but it could alert anyone at home that there’s someone creeping around.
Tidy Up – If your property or small apartment has large bushes or shrubs that you’re able to cut, do it. Burglars can easily conceal themselves in large bushes and shrubs while they case the place or watch you through your windows. So eliminating outside “clutter” of any kind will help make sure there is no place for them to hide.
Peep Hole – Sometimes burglars become bold, and may want to rob you after ringing your doorbell, trying to make sure you’re home alone, so having a peep hole will allow you to see who’s there, even without them knowing you’re right behind the door. This type of burglar is particularly dangerous because they have no qualms about you seeing their face. And if they succeed in robbing you, you may not live afterward to report what happened. This type of burglar can also have a partner or partners. So when someone is at your door, be especially sure you know who it is, and if you don’t, ask them to state their business without opening the door.
No Hidden Keys – Some people have perfectly good hiding places for any extra keys to open their doors in case of emergencies, but this could also make your home an easy target, especially if a robber is watching you and your home, looking out for any routines you may have, that will help them figure out the right time for them to rob you.
Keep Small Areas Well Lit – Whether these small areas are around your home, or somewhere outside, keep a small light on. Dark areas attract burglars like a magnet. Although most people turn all of their lights out at night, try keeping a small safety light lit, just in case you have to get up in the middle of the night. That way it’ll be easy to see if anyone is in your home, and it’ll be a lot safer for you as well.
Security System – This may be more of an expensive option, but if it’s possible get a reliable security system set up or a basic alarm. This will give you even more peace of mind, and it’ll scare off any potential burglars faster than you can say “security.” There are different packages for security systems for you to choose which one you want, and the one that may be more wallet friendly.
Sadly, even with all of these proper precautions, burglars still find ways to rip you off. Being a victim of a burglary is devastating, so if it happens to you here are some ways of getting past this ordeal.
File Report – Doing this as soon as possible will make it easier for the police to track what may or may not have happened to your belongings. It’s important to give the police as much information as possible so they will have something to go on.
List Property – Make a list of everything that was taken, so you can be able to contact your insurance company with this information. Only do this if these items had insurance. It doesn’t apply to random items you have bought here and there, or picked up at a garage sale.
Insurance – Get insurance on the items you have left, just in case a burglary were to happen again. Let’s hope it doesn’t.
Communication – Lots of people will experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) even in cases where the victim wasn’t around during the burglary. And there are many levels of severity PTSD will cause. Talking about your feelings on the matter will help you release all of the emotions that will, no doubt, be bottled up inside of you. If going to a therapist helps, do it. This will help you heal.
Self defense – Too many times, victims of a burglary were harmed in a number of ways. Being able to protect yourself against one will, not only give you peace of mind, but will help save your life!
Roommates – If possible, consider taking in a roommate so that you will not be alone. If having a roommate isn’t an option, then consider having a friend or a family member stay with you for awhile until you feel well enough to be by yourself again.
Your safety always comes first. So take whatever precautions that are necessary to ensure the safety of yourself, you valuables, your home, and your peace of mind.