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Dealing with the aftermath of a crime

In the distressing event that you do find yourself a victim of burglary, you need to know what to do.  Following the advice in this guide should make your home a very unappealing target for burglars.  However, burglaries do happen and if you find yourself in the victims shoes the this part of our guide seeks to give you information on the best course of action to take.

Report the incident to the police.

As soon as you discover that you have been the victim of a crime, this is the first step that you should take.  When the police come to your property, you want to be in a position to give as much detail to them as possible.  Therefore, it is often a good idea to take some notes about the crime; everything that you can remember.  This could involve recounting the appearance of the burglar, their cover story if they were a bogus tradesman, the direction in which they escaped, any escape vehicle they used and any weapons or props which they had with them.  That way you can be sure you have given the police all the detail you possibly can, and subsequently provided them with the best chance of bringing the offender to justice.  When reporting a crime be sure to take down the police crime reference number, you will need this if you are claiming on insurance.

Don’t tamper with evidence

The last thing you want to do is contaminate evidence which could otherwise lead to the capture of the offender.  Therefore, do not disturb the crime scene and instead wait for the police to arrive.  You might want to protect surfaces on which you believe fingerprints could have been left, and investigate, without disturbing, areas where you think other evidence, such as footprints, may have been left.  The disturbance is quite likely to have left your home insecure, so tell the police the exact situation you find yourself in and they will act as quickly as they can to secure your property and investigate the crime scene.  One useful step you may be able to take is to provide pictures of items which have been stolen to the police.

Encountering an intruder

This happens very rarely. However, if you do find yourself in a situation where you encounter a burglar then do not attempt to detain or engage them. There is a big possibility that in doing so you will endanger yourself. The only thing the burglar will want to do is escape, so it is better protect yourself and then report the burglary to the police.  In place of engaging the burglar, the best option is to make as much noise as possible to attract attention. This will cause the burglar to run, negating the threat to you.

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