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January 30, 2021

What to do After A Break-in

It's not uncommon for you to feel traumatized after a burglary. The situation may leave you feeling lost and vulnerable. Do not worry as Lock Around The Clock provides you with five essential steps you need to start moving forward after this unfortunate event. 

Safety Should Be Your Top Concern 
If you are inside when an intruder breaks into your home, sneak out immediately with family members and pets instead of trying to confront the intruder. This is especially important if you don’t have the combat skills and tools to challenge the thief. In case you come home and find the door pushed in and lock busted, going inside could be dangerous as a burglar could still be there. 

Go seek safety at a neighbor’s place or back to your car and drive away from the premises.

Contact the Police
After moving away from the scene, the next step is to contact law enforcement. Try to give them all the information that will help during the investigation. Instead of panicking, calm down and be as accurate as possible when telling them what you know.

The police will help you document evidence and take a list of all missing items. Desist from touching anything in your home until the police have collected evidence that could help trace the thieves.

Let Your Insurance Company Step In
After a break-in situation, apart from carting away with your belongings, an intruder would likely mess up your home. Instead of getting to work immediately to clean up and return your home to a secured state. Get in contact with your insurance company, preferably within the first 24 hours of the incident.

To move your claim through, your insurance company may send a claim adjuster to interview you, access the situation, and gather supporting documents, including a police report. You can start to clean up and organize your home after the insurance assessment is completed. Until then, stay at a friend or neighbor’s house.

Make Necessary Repairs and Replacements
Did the break-in leave you with damaged doors, windows, and locks? Now is the time to replace any broken item and repair anything repairable. The kind of restoration you’ll do is always dependent on the type of items stolen or damaged.

Think About the Future
Examine and consider what made your home a candidate of home intrusion in the first place. Is it that your entry door lock is weak or the door itself is not as strong as it should be? 

To replace or upgrade your entry lock, contact us at Lock Around The Clock to to schedule expert locksmith discuss your needs and get the needed help. We can send one of our nearby locksmiths in Albuquerque NM to replace all affected locks with highly secured locks. To make your entry doors better withstand impact, we can also help you reinforce them.

From safeguarding yourself to doing all that you can to protect your home from possible future break-in, you’ll not only deal with a current burglar attack but greatly reduce the chances of facing another home intrusion in the future.