Three Things to Do If Your Home is Burglarized

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Finding out that your home has been burglarized is a frightening experience. Nobody wants to find themselves in this situation, but if you do, here are three things you need to do - starting with contacting police to report any damage.  

Leave the house and call 9-1-1.

3 Things to Do If Your Home is Burglarized, Youngs Insurance, Ontario

If you think your house has been broken into, you need to leave immediately and call 9-1-1. If someone is still in your home, do not confront them or block the exit. Leave and wait for the police in a safe place. You can go to a neighbour’s house if you know them or get into your car and lock the doors. Do not reenter your home until the police arrive. If you see any unfamiliar people or cars around your home, write down physical descriptions and license plate numbers. This information will be helpful to the police during their investigation.

Look, but don’t touch.

After the police arrive, do not touch anything until they tell you that you can. You do not want to tamper with any potential evidence that may have been left behind. If you find something that may belong to the burglar, do not touch it - make the police aware of it.

Take an inventory.

Make a list of stolen items and damaged property as soon as you can. You should take pictures of any damaged property. If any electronics were damaged, write down the make, model, and serial number. Provide this list to the police and your insurance company. A police report needs to be filed before you can file an insurance claim. Call your insurance company within 24 hours.

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