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What if YOU become the victim of a burglary?

Every few seconds a burglary occurs, and more than half of those break-ins happen to residential properties. A burglary is traumatizing for the victims, but it can also be frightening for the entire neighborhood.

Every few seconds a burglary occurs, and more than half of those break-ins happen to residential properties. A burglary is traumatizing for the victims, but it can also be frightening for the entire neighborhood.

 

If a burglary ever occurs in your neighbourhood, take these three steps.

 

1. Lend a Hand

In the aftermath of a burglary, your neighbors are most likely scared and upset. Offer your help with the property damage and the clean-up process. While it may seem small, sometimes the best thing you can do is simply remind the family you are there for them, whatever their needs. Together with your neighbors, you may want to consider a neighborhood watch program. You could also use PatrolMan – a revolutionary mobile app that allows you to track incidents, report incidents, view crime hotspots and so much more!

 

2. Talk with your Family

If you have children, you should talk to them about their feelings and worries. As a family, have an open conversation about the burglary and let your children and loved ones share their reactions and any concerns they have. You must also take some time to remind your children about safety basics, such as never opening the door to strangers.

 

3. Update your Home Security

After a burglary, you may not feel safe in your own home. Burglars often return to homes and areas where they have been successful, so take the proper precautions and secure your home to prevent a burglary from happening. Some of the things you can do are: update your door locks, make sure all frames and hinges are strong and install a deadbolt on the front door. Next, ensure all your windows are secured with burglar bars and if you don’t already have a home security system, you should explore the options.

 

While a neighbourhood burglary is scary, don’t ever let fear consume your community. By supporting your neighbours, teaching your family basic safety and installing home security measures, you can stay protected.

 

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