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With mobile security so prevalent in recent years, you’re able to discover if your home is burglarized while you’re still on vacation—even watch the thieves as they do their dirty work (scary as it may feel.)

In this case, you’ll certainly be able to alert the authorities with one touch of a button, communicate with the central station via your mobile device and even view the situation before you get back.

However, not everyone has remote access.  Whether you have this feature or not, you will still be coming home to a house that was burglarized.

1. Especially if you haven’t learned of the burglary until you arrive home, do not enter the house--call the police immediately.  If you have access to weapons, and you’ve called the police, do not have the weapon exposed while you’re in or around your house when the police arrive.  They may mistake you as the burglar.  This may seem obvious, but emotions run high in these situations.

2. In fact, make sure you have your ID with you, so you can prove to them that you live there and it was not you who broke in.  You want to make things as easy for the police as possible.

3. And even if you believe nothing was stolen or damaged, you should still call the police and have a police report filled out for homeowners insurance purposes.  You may discover later that something has been taken or destroyed.  Even worse, someone may still be in your house—more reason to say out until the police arrive.

4. Whether or not you have a security system, you should contact your security company right away as well.

If you have a system, you’ll want to discuss strategy on how you can prevent future breaks and have any devices repaired that were destroyed.  If you do not have a system, you will certainly want to have one installed since statistics show that homes that are burglarized once are highly susceptible to be burglarized again.

5. Be sure to talk to your neighbors to check if they happened to see anyone suspicious and possible have a description.  The police will most likely have done this also, but may not have been able to speak to everyone.

6. Speaking of neighbors, you may want to consider joining or starting a neighborhood watch program.  Just be sure to not take any actions on your own should you or your neighbors witness a crime in progress.  Call the authorities right away and observe and report to your best ability while remaining at a safe distance.

These six items can help begin the healing process of getting back on track after being emotionally violated due to a break in, as well as prevent future breaks.  The more you feel in control of the situation, the better off you’ll be.

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