Approximately 2,000,000 burglaries are reported each year within the United States. No home or business, regardless of the area’s economic class is immune from them. Moreover, roughly 28 percent of all burglaries are committed while somebody is in the structure. As such, burglaries can be both financially crippling and extremely dangerous. It is extremely important for all businesses and homes to be vigilant when guarding against the potential for a break in. Taking such caution should require the installation of a security system; but it is also important to know what to do when you find yourself in the middle of a home or business burglary.
Oftentimes a burglar will be scared off upon the discovery of a security system. Therefore, some of the more brazen thieves will attempt a break in during the day with the hopes that the security system has not been set. If a victim finds him or herself in this situation, the first thing to do is leave the premises immediately; go to a safe area, and dial 911. If leaving the building is impossible, try to find an enclosed area such as a closet and dial 911 from there. Take mental notes of details such as when the burglary occurred, how many people were involved, try to determine whether they drove or used some other form of transportation.
Identifying thieves’ personal appearance requires getting a closer look. Unfortunately, this is often too dangerous. One should remain in the safest area possible until the burglar(s) have left the scene. While they’re leaving, and outside of the structure is the safest time to try and catch even a glimpse of what the thieves look like. Any piece of information given to law enforcement will greatly aid their efforts in catching the burglars.
Lastly, the most important thing to do after all is said and done is to take precautions in an effort against further break ins. Examine how they got in; this will help the victim discover any weak spots that could be exploited later. Always make sure all windows, doors, and locks are secure. Also, never underestimate the effectiveness of a properly used security system.
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