My house was broken into, what to do?

What you should do immediately following a break-in is crucial to putting your life back in order as quickly as possible. A burglary can be a frightening experience that may leave you feeling lost and vulnerable, but it is possible to start moving forward after this unfortunate event.

Call the police (GUARDIA CIVIL tel 062 OR POLICIA LOCAL tel 092)

And file a report.

Calling the police and filing a report puts the incident on record, which is necessary for both insurance claims and if you ever want to potentially find the thief(s) and retrieve your belongings.

If you are not in the house when you discover it has been broken in to, do not go into your home to make the phone call.

Also do not touch anything in your home before the police arrive, as you may destroy key evidence the police need for finding and potentially prosecuting the burglar(s).

When the police arrive, make a complete list of all items that have been taken, including a thorough description and the approximate value of each.

You may even want to draw pictures and include any unique identifying marks. Make an additional copy for your insurance company.

If you saw anybody exit your residence, write down any descriptive information you can, including sex, age, race, clothing, identifiable marks, and the direction they went after leaving your home.

Call the insurance company.

Whether you have homeowner’s or renter’s insurance, if you file a claim, there is a chance that you could recoup a decent amount for what was stolen.

Call within 24 hours and make sure you have submitted all necessary information to the police, as the insurance company will need that information to process your claim.

Don’t accidentally clean up or tamper with important evidence.

Clean up all signs of the break-in.

Once the break-in has been documented as needed, it’s time to start physically putting your life back together.

You can start by cleaning up all signs of the break-in-anything that’s been broken, items that were strewn about, markings on your walls or floors, and so on.

Board up broken windows or doors until repairmen can come to fix them.

The sooner you can get your home back in order, the sooner you can move past the break-in.

Come to terms with the break-in emotionally.

Besides losing valuables and having a home turned upside-down, a break-in can also mean emotional troubles for you and your family. A break-in can leave you feeling violated and vulnerable to future robberies, and even with better security measures taken, it may take a while for you to feel completely safe in your home again.

But to continue to live your life at home to the fullest, you must try to find comfort in your surroundings and do whatever it is you need to do to repair what damage has been done and move forward beyond this incident.

Take measures to better safeguard your home by contacting E.H.S.

You can take certain measures instantly to improve the safety of your home and your assuredness in those safety measures.

As most break-ins occur through the front door (34 percent) or back door (22 percent), you should buy or upgrade door and window locks.

You can purchase motion-sensitive lights for outside your doors, install a dummy security camera, or put your indoor and outdoor lights on timers.

E.H.S. surveyors will advise you upon exactly what you need