It’s natural to feel vulnerable following a break-in. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to restore your home’s security—and your peace of mind—promptly. From working with the police to changing your door locks, here’s what you should do in the aftermath.
3 Steps to Take After a Home Break-In
1. Get a Police Report
If the break-in happened while you were away, make sure to call the police on their nonemergency line as soon as possible. If the intruders stole anything, you’ll need to provide your insurer with an official police report before they’ll process your claim.
If, on the other hand, you called the police while the incident was still in progress, the responding officers should have already filed a report, which you can obtain by reaching out to your local police station.
2. Replace the Door Locks
Even if the intruder forced their way in, consider changing your door locks. This will help prevent future break-ins in case the perpetrator took a set of keys during the incident. Updated locks may also provide a sense of safety that is beneficial after a break-in.
3. Address Any Damage
If the intruder broke any windows or damaged anything inside your home, repair or replace the affected items as soon as you can. Seeing the damage left in the wake of the break-in day after day will only contribute to your stress and anxiety.
If you can’t handle everything on your own, enlist help from a handyman—or from your loved ones—so you can move past the incident once and for all.
To rekey or replace the door locks throughout your home, turn to Able Security Locksmiths. Based in Kenvil, NJ, this full-service locksmith has been protecting families across Morris, Sussex, and Warren counties for more than 25 years. With 24/7 availability, these professionals are always ready to take your call. To learn more about their services, visit the website. To make an appointment, call (973) 584-3033.