Statistics have shown that crime rates have declined since the 1980s. This may sound comforting – until crime strikes you or someone you care about. Despite the gradual decline, there are still a lot of burglaries that occur on a daily basis, usually during the day when people are away at work. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigations Uniform Crime Statistics, 1,928,465 burglaries occurred in the United States in 2013.
Traditionally, burglary, or “breaking and entering” has been labeled by police and the criminal justice system as a property crime. When a burglary does in fact occur, the traditional method of dealing with the damages is punishing the offender for damaging or stealing another’s property. Unfortunately, there is rarely any recognition of the emotional impact of burglary. The best way to safeguard your home and family is by using a professionally monitored home security system. Home security systems can be customized to fit your home exactly. You can protect every window in your home with sensors and each door with programmable deadbolt locks. With motion detectors, glass break sensors and video cameras – you’ll surely have the peace of mind you deserve. This post will address the procedure in which anyone who experiences a burglary should follow.
What to do Following a Home Invasion
- Assuming that you do not have a home security system, call the police immediately upon realizing that an intruder has been or is in your home. If anyone has been injured, call for an ambulance and attend to the needs of the injured while the paramedics are on their way. Alert your neighbors of the crime that has just occurred and ask for help, if you need it.
- Resolve any environmentally hazardous situations in your home such as fires or any loaded weapons. Be sure to prevent the crime scene from contamination so that when detectives arrive, they have a better chance of being able to find evidence in order to catch the criminal(s). Do not let anyone enter the premises until trained professionals arrive to do their jobs.
- Write down everything you can possibly remember from the event and record any information from anyone else who was present during the invasion. Take photographs of the inside of your home, especially the areas that were disrupted. Take inventory of anything that was stolen or damaged. This includes doors or windows. Look outside for tire marks, shoe prints or anything that could be used as evidence.
The Impact of Burglary
Victims of burglary often experience emotional reactions similar to rape victims. If the victim was home when the burglary occurred, the impact can be even more traumatizing. For many, experiencing a burglary or home invasion is much more than a loss of property. Dealing with the long-term trauma of a home invasion can be difficult. Seek help to deal with feelings of fear or sleeplessness as a result of being a victim to crime. File appropriate insurance claims in order to gain restitution. Invest in a home security system so you’ll be protected in the future.
With a home security system, as soon as one of your sensors is tripped by the intruder, an alarm will sound and help will be on the way immediately upon assessing the situation. Consider getting a professionally monitored home security system. At Protect America, monitoring costs as low as $19.99 a month with our Copper Package. We provide all your start-up equipment for free and give you a lifetime warranty. Our home security systems are top-of-the-line yet still affordable. Protect your home and your wallet with Protect America, because you deserve peace of mind.