Emergency After A Home Burglary

Emergency Steps To Take Immediately After A Home Burglary

Home burglaries happen often in Perth with more than a 1000 burglaries every year. It can be a very shocking experience to get home  and find that it has been broken into. When this happens many homeowners question their safety and security.

We will look at a basic list of emergency steps you should take after a home burglary. These steps are meant to help you stay safe, and restore your home security. Each of these points will be explained further in the article.

1.   Contact the authorities 

2.   Find a safe place if burglars are still on the scene.

3.   Review security protocols

4.   Take stock of stolen items

5.   Call your insurance company

6.   Clean up any disturbance

7.   Reassess your security measures

8.   Implement new security precautions

 

These are the basic emergency steps you should take immediately after a burglary. At a glance, it seems like there are a lot of steps to carry but each of these processes can be started quickly, and it is important that they are carried out with a sense of urgency.

Here’s are the things you need to do:

1. Immediately Contact The Authorities

Immediately after a home burglary or home break-in, the first thing you should do, as a homeowner, is to contact the authorities and report what happened. It is imperative that you do this as soon as you realize your home has been broken into. If you walk into your home and get the sense that you have become a burglary victim, find a safe space where you can call the police from.

Ideally, you should try your best not to touch or move anything around until the authorities arrive. Contacting the authorities should be your prime focus and your sole priority. You should exit your home and call the police to alert them and let them know that someone broke into your house. Make sure that burglars have left the scene before entering your home.

When police officers arrive, it is important that you relay any pertinent information to them. Make them aware of the security protocols that you have in place. For instance, do you have any surveillance cameras that might be able to provide security footage? If so, handing this information over to the officers will prove to be very useful and aid them in their efforts.

 

2. Find a Safe Place To Hide

In some cases, homeowners come home after the crime itself has been committed, but in rare cases, you might be home during the break-in, or you might walk into your home and realize that there are still burglars inside.

When this happens, you should immediately call the and then focus on finding a safe place to hide. It is not advisable for you to engage the burglars, especially if you are unsure as to their number or whether or not they are armed.

 

3. Review Your Security Protocols

In this context reviewing your security protocols does not mean that you should conduct a full home security assessment in the wake of a recent break-in. Instead, it means that you should pay attention to the security protocols that you have in place and see what they can tell you about the home break-in. Any possible information at all will help give you, and the police on the scene, some insight into how the break-in occurred.

In this modern age, many homeowners have invested in surveillance equipment that ranges between complex camera gear, to simple DIY security cameras. Regardless of the security mechanisms you are using, you should review your security deterrents to see what information they can provide about the burglary.

Keep in mind that you will only have the luxury of doing this if you have successfully completed the first emergency tasks that were described above. It is important to finish these before you dive into seeing what your door locks or security footage might be able to tell you about the burglary.

 

4. Take Stock Of Missing Items

Once the authorities have arrived and made sure that you, and your home, are in the clear (meaning that there are no longer any burglars present on your property), you should start to assess the state of things and take stock of what you have and whats missing. Not only does this information help homeowners get a sense of why they were targeted, but it also helps law enforcement have a better idea of the items that were stolen in the home burglary.

This step is usually challenging for homeowners to handle because many of them will still be dealing with the shock of finding that their home was just broken into and robbed. Not only were they robbed of some of their personal belongings, but they were also robbed of their peace of mind, which makes it challenging for them to view things in their home in the same way.

However, it is important for you to carry this task out, sooner rather than later. This is because some of the next few emergency steps are contingent on you being able to properly assess the state of things around you.

 

5. Call Your Insurance Company

After you have taken stock of your belongings and determined what is intact, and what is either damaged or missing, you should reach out to your insurance agent or insurance company and notify them of the break-in. Homeowners are often required to have some form of homeowners insurance before they can even be approved for a mortgage, so there should be an insurance agent that you can reach out to in regards to your home break-in.

Things might be a little different with apartments and renters, who are often advised to get their own insurance, even though it is not required. Calling your insurer requires the same level of dedication and attention to detail that is exhibited when you are taking stock of your property.

Even if the burglary occurs late at night, you should still make an effort to call your insurer and leave them a message so that they can get back to you the very next day. You will have to provide your insurer with a detailed and comprehensive list of all the items on your property. In addition to this, you will have to present a second list that details everything that was either stolen or damaged during the home burglary.

The information that you provide your insurance agent will be important when you file a claim after the home burglary. Another benefit of calling the police is that you will be able to take advantage of their comprehensive police report. Not only does this make it easier for your insurer to verify information about the incident, but it makes it easier for you to remember details you may have forgotten in your account.

 

6. Clean Up Around Your Home

Some homeowners might be quick to dismiss this as an emergency step, but I would like to advise them to keep an open mind and read on to see why this is an important emergency step to take after a home burglary. Home break-ins and burglaries are rarely clean and neat affairs, especially if there are robust security protocols that are guarding your home.

It is more likely the case that your window might be broken (unless you have burglar proof windows), or that your door may be kicked down. Violent entry often causes damage to integral parts of your homes core structure, like your door locks and the door itself.

Unfortunately for most homeowners, although the police will come and assess the crime scene, everything else that occurs afterward falls squarely on your shoulders. This means that in the wake of your home being broken into, you will have to take the time to clean up any damage that occurred.

Successfully cleaning up will help you get a clearer sense of how things stand in your home. It should be noted that this can only be done after the crime scene has effectively cleared by the police. This is important because you cannot clean up an active crime scene lest you hamper the investigation.

 

7. Reassess Your Security Measures

In addition to contacting the authorities and letting them know about the home burglary, one of the most important emergency steps homeowners have to take in the wake of a break-in is taking the time to reassess their security measures. This is an important and integral step that will come to define the future of your safety and home security.

It should go without saying that having someone break into your home means that some aspect of your home security needs to be readdressed. It could be that you never really had a robust form of security in the first place, which means that this break-in is a call to action more than anything else.

Homeowners should tackle this security assessment immediately after the home burglary, once you have been given the all clear by officers (if you haven’t called them by now you really should). The point of this is, essentially, to ensure that you can identify all the flaws that are currently in your home security, and speedily work to repair the ones that cannot be left for another day.

For instance, if your door locks happened to be damaged during the burglary, this is not something that you can leave for another time. Doing so will leave your security even more vulnerable than it was at the time of the break-in, and this is something you simply cannot afford to do. If the burglary occurs after hours, don’t think that you cannot get the assistance you need because it is too late. This is why 24-Hour locksmiths like PLSC exist, to help customers who need service at all hours of the day.

 

8. Repair Damaged Security Precautions And Implement New Ones

This final emergency step needs to be carried out in two stages. The first stage will be handled immediately after the home burglary, and the second stage will gradually be executed over time. This is the ideal way to handle repairing any damaged security precautions as well as implementing new ones. However, the ideal way does not mean it is the only way. If homeowners would like to repair damaged security precautions and implement new ones simultaneously, they can definitely do so.

If the step above had been carried out, then homeowners should undoubtedly know which areas of their security were left damaged by the home burglary. For instance, if your door was kicked in by burglars, you will likely need to have new door locks installed, as well as a new door installed if it was also damaged in the process. This gives homeowners the chance to install higher security door locks, and also work on improving their front door security.

Calling an emergency locksmith to handle your door lock repairs, or to install a new secure lock should be your priority if your door locks were compromised during the break-in. It is not always the case that your door locks will be the only thing damaged. Based on the method of entry these burglars utilized, your sliding glass doors and their accompanying door locks could have been damaged, as well as your windows.

Also, if the burglar(s) entered your home without damaging any of your security deterrents, it is often a sign that you should immediately implement new ones that negate the flaws present in the other deterrents.

Perth Locksmith & safe Company deeply sympathizes with anyone who has been a victim of home break-ins and home burglaries and also sympathize with those of you who haven’t been through a harrowing experience like this yet, because the truth is it can happen to anyone of us.

However, being armed with the knowledge that it can happen to anyone shouldn’t feel you with dread, instead, it should give you a determination that drives you to keep your home prepared and ready at all costs. Fortify your home as if you are preparing for the end of days and it will be nearly impossible for a burglar to compromise your security and your safety. Contact PLSC if you need help with your home or business security.

 

 

Crime Hotspots: City of Stirling

Perth Locksmith & Safe Company have looked at the latest WA Police Crime Statistics for the City of Stirling, and unfortunately we’ve seen a rise in home break-ins across a number of suburbs.
Dianella, Nollamara, Scarborough and Balcatta have been hit hard. Criminals have broken in on average once every two days in each of these suburbs over the year from January to September. Balga residents have suffered one break-in on average every day this year.
More recently we’ve begun to witness steady increases in break-ins for North Beach, Hamersley and Mirrabooka since May this year.
Thieves are opportunistic creatures, and as the nights start to warm up, we often respond to break-ins that occurred via open windows or doors.
What should you do?
Lock your doors at night, every night. For those extra hot nights, PLSC can fit locks to your windows which allow airflow in but keep the burglars out. If your security screens have come loose and are not doing their job anymore, we can come out and fix them.
There’s nothing worse than feeling the shock and violation of being burgled. It’s scary, but you can minimise your chances of being targeted. Have a read of our 7 Point Security Check – the simple things are often all you need to do.
Perth Locksmith & Safe Company have over 15 years experience in Residential, Commercial and Emergency Locksmithing services. We can come to your premises 24/7, and happily cover every suburb from Rockingham to Yanchep.
If you would like an obligation-free quote please give us a call today on 0400 140 380 or email admin@plsc.com.au

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7 Point Home Security Checklist

Thieves go for easy targets.  To make your home as safe as a castle, take our 7 point security checklist:

1. Lock your homes. Even if you are just quickly popping out, lock all the doors AND windows. Thieves are opportunistic – all it takes is one window accidentally left open to invite them in. We can provide advice on the best types of locks, and can key all the windows to a single key. We recommend a solid core door with a deadlock – these are much harder to force.

2. Keep valuable items out of sight. Make sure your laptops, phones, wallets, and any expensive stereo or TV equipment is not easily seen from outside. Another tip: break up the packaging for any expensive new gear before putting it in the bin.

3. Don’t just hide your spare key! All too often these are found and used by burglars. We can install spare key locked boxes to an external wall, which you can access with a digital code.

4. Change locks immediately. If you have just moved house, or dad accidentally lost his spare key somewhere – it’s time to re-key. This is the only way to restrict and control access to your home.

5. What’s your neighbour’s name? If you don’t know who they are, it pays to introduce yourself. Crime doesn’t take a holiday! So when you do, a friendly neighbor can keep an eye out for you.

6. Store valuables in a safe. Jewellery and money are the most often stolen items in a break in. Installing a small safe at home is a cost effective way to prevent losing your irreplaceable items.

7. Beware of the dog! A barking dog is great security, and often enough to encourage a thief to move on. Even putting up a ‘beware of the dog sign’ can help.

Not All Lock Manufacturers Are Created Equal!

Our Recommended Suppliers

Below are our favourite lock and key manufacturers – and why we think they are the best – for your main residential and commercial security points.

For Deadlocks, Lockwood is Best

lockwood-deadlockLockwood’s deadlocks provide a great solution for french doors, sliding doors and hinged doors. They provide high security for commercial and residential applications.

Lockwood is an iconic Australian lock manufacturer. They come with a 12 month warranty.

For Keyless Entry, Use Borg Locks

borg-keyless-entry-5000Borg Locks have a wide range of keyless entry solutions. British engineering at its finest, their own manufacturing factory and they come with a 12 month warranty. Perth Locksmith & Safe Company recommend these locks because of their reliability and the fact that we are yet to have to use their warranty!

These locks are mechanically designed so no batteries or electricity is needed. They also have electronic solutions.

There are options for internal doors, external doors, gates and marine grade locks.

 

Best For Safes: Dominator Safes

dominator-safes-ds-fire-burglary-safesDominator Safes – these were an easy pick for our preferred safe manufacturers. They are Australian Owned, and provide the best quality safes made from high grade security materials.

They have safes for fire resistance, theft, home, commercial, deposit, infloor, drug and firearms – PLSC can install any of these for you. Dominator Safes also have a variety of locking options – by key, mechanical combination or electronic.

For Gate Locks: D&D Technologies

magna-latchAnother great lock manufacturer that is Australian owned & made. D&D Technologies produce high quality gate hardware and locks – this is crucial for protecting your loved ones.

Their famous magna latch (as pictured) is the world’s #1 child safety latch.  They also produce a variety of locks, hinges and gate hardware designed for outdoor applications.

 

 

For Window Locks, Use Carbine

16.3-Carbine-CBS-Mini-Push-Lock.jpgCarbine produce a solid clean line of window locks. Best of all they keep evolving and listening to customers and locksmiths to produce quality high end commercial and residential locks.

Their range of window locks include

  • sliding aluminium window locks
  • mini push locks for casement windows
  • multi bolt for casements, awnings and double-hung windows
  • patio bolts
  • sliding aluminium window clamps

Carbine’s range has the ability to be keyed on the standard window key or to your house key.

Let Perth Locksmith & Safe Company know what you’re after and we can do a free quote for you.

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Why is Summer the Peak Season for Burglaries?

Burglars are busier in summer

The upcoming Summer and Christmas period is notorious for increased break-ins across Perth. We get distracted with planning holidays, going shopping and celebrating. In the rush of this period, home security is often forgotten.  Are you prepared to keep your home safe while you enjoy the sun? Our tips: 
  • Don’t leave windows open “a little bit” on hot nights. Install security locks or screens which allow air to flow in, but keep burglars out.
  • Make it look like someone is home. Redirect mail, put timers on lights.
  • Lock all your doors and windows with secure locks. Replace old, loose or wonky locks.
  • If you are gardening out the back, lock the front door (even while you’re home).
You can still enjoy your time at the beach, on holidays or in the backyard without worrying about your home security! With 15 years’ experience locksmithing, Perth Locksmith and Safe Company can help with:
  • Install & supply new deadlocks
  • Re-keying existing locks with spare keys
  • Emergency Lock-outs, 24/7
We are a local business and pride ourselves on our strong referrals and our how we run our business. We respond quickly, keep costs low and do a good job. Call us now on 0400 140 380 or email admin@plsc.com.au for a free security consultation, no obligation.  

Master Locksmiths Association – Conference and Trade Expo 2016

Well we were very excited to attend this year’s Master Locksmiths Association Expo! The events kicked off on Thursday and ran through til Saturday. We were most impressed by the presentations by ADI and InstaCode where we learnt all about their new product solutions. ADI introduced their ADI 2-point and 3-point locking bars, and InstaCode presented on their ‘LIVE’ software for mobile phone locks.

LSC’s Daniel Waddell spoke on ADI’s Locking Bars. These are a great product for commercial buildings, schools, community halls and industrial locations – where there is a higher risk of break in. These have multiple locking points, are heavy duty and are suitable for wood or metal door frames.

Jeremy Philips (WH Software) presented InstaCode LIVE. This new software gives locksmiths the ability to cut keys for various codes instantly via their mobile phones.  The benefits of this is that it saves locksmiths time, and customer’s money!