We just returned from another break in in Toronto, and the one thing that is always the same, is the trauma experienced by the family, or by the business owner. It’s only natural to assume we’re safe once a deadlock is installed, and who would’ve thought a sliding door is so easy to compromise?
What to Do After a Break In
If you ever experience a break in at your home or business, it is important to take the following steps:
1. Minimize Movement and Contact the Police
As soon as you become aware of a break in, call the police. They will want to investigate the scene, so try wait outside, or at a neighbor’s house until the authorities arrive.
You will have ample opportunity to clean up and try to see what is missing after they have dusted for prints and collected other evidence. Interfering with the scene can contaminate it, and that will make it difficult to find the criminal.
Sometimes, the police may call a forensic locksmith to investigate break in and entering into homes, businesses and cars.
2. Take an Inventory
Once the police let you know that you can enter the home, it would be a good time to take an inventory of missing items. At first you may miss some items, but try to remember as accurately as possible. This inventory will help them to be alert for your items when they search or when they visit second-hand stores that sell stolen items.
You will also have to give your insurance provider a list of the stolen items for them to process your claim. Don’t panic if you discover something else is missing after the fact. It is normal, and you will be able to submit items as you become aware of them.
3. Repair Damages
Shattered windows and broken locks should be replaced right away, as not seeing the evidence of a robbery will help alleviate the trauma somewhat.
Hire a contractor to fix any damages, and call a professional locksmith to replace the locks on your door. This would be a good time to consider installing high security locks on all your external doors. A high security lock is much harder to open, and will therefore deter any potential intruders.
Expert Tip: Look out for missing keys. If you notice any, be sure to replace locks to those doors as well.
Break in and Entering Locksmith
Locksmiths usually provide home, business and automotive services and are dedicated to provide the best possible service and quickest turnaround times in the event of a break in. They are also available twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, so you can call on them whenever you’re in need.
When a locksmith recommends a high ticket lock, it is not to make the most money possible out of a victim of crime, but rather to prevent you from becoming a victim again in the future. Lock breaking technology advances daily, and lock manufacturers have a hard time keeping up with the constantly advancing skills of criminals. For that reason, it is important to find the best locksmith for your needs and to ask for the best lock available.