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What Should I Do If Someone Broke into My House?

If you have had the unfortunate experience of having your home or other property broken into, the first thing you should do is get to a safe location and contact the police. If the intruder is still in your home, do not attempt to confront them. If your home is secure, do not touch or move anything. You may want to take photos or videos of any damage, but moving things may alter or even destroy evidence or fingerprints that police may need to help with the case. Be sure you have located any family members or pets to ensure they are also in a safe place.

Once the police have collected evidence and you file a police report, you will need to obtain a copy of the police report to file a claim with your insurance company. Additionally, you may want to keep any damaged items if the police did not remove them for evidence. You may need to keep them as part of the documentation for your insurance claim. You will also want to make a detailed record of any items missing or damaged.

  1. Contact your bank, creditors, and other financial institutions. Even if none of your credit cards or additional identifying information appears to be missing, a thief may have taken a photograph and can now use that information. Identity theft can wreak havoc on your life. It is better to take precautions than a wait-and-see approach.
  2. Let your neighbors know. Break-ins tend to happen to multiple homes within close proximity to each other. By communicating, you can help prevent the same incident from happening to someone else.
  3. Finally, you should consider your home’s security. You don’t want to fall victim to another break-in. It may be worth considering investing in a home security system or developing a routine to check your home for places that may be vulnerable to gaining easy access by an intruder.

If you have been a victim of any crime, you should consult with an attorney. An attorney can provide guidance and advice regarding criminal and civil proceedings. Having representation can help simplify these complicated and sometimes confusing proceedings and ensure you have someone competent and knowledgeable fighting for you and protecting your rights.

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