What to do in case of a burglary in your building?
It is one of the greatest fears of many: a burglary in your home. This is a particularly painful and intense experience, because it can cause a lot of damage to your privacy. After all, your home is the place where you feel safe. If someone accidentally enters this safe place, it can be a terrible attack on your feeling of safety.
Not only that; burglars often do a lot of damage and use violence, partly because locks are now increasingly better protected against burglary. After a burglary, you can therefore be confronted with emotional distress and high material damage. While we naturally hope that this never happens to you, in this article we would like to provide you with some information on how best to act. So that you can feel safe in your building as soon as possible.
First try to gather as much evidence as possible
Have you been burgled? Then call the Police immediately, that is always the first step to a solution and hopefully also justice. After you have done that, it is important to take as many photos as possible of the damage and the way the crime was committed. This is especially important to have the damage reimbursed through your insurer. Every insurer needs proof of damage incurred. If you do not do this and have the damage repaired immediately, you risk not having enough evidence. In addition, the evidence is needed, because it allows the insurer to determine the exact amount of the compensation.
Once the Police is on site, you can prepare the declaration together. A declaration is again important, because it is also necessary for the application for compensation. Not only that; the Police can gather evidence that they hopefully can use to trace the perpetrator. In some cases, perpetrators are located and your property may be found. This certainly does not happen in all cases, but it is always worth trying everything that is possible. Is burglary more common in your neighborhood? Then the case will be investigated extensively and compared with other cases.
Repair the burglary damage
After you have gathered the evidence and the Police have arrived, it is important to repair the damage caused by the burglary. We strongly advise against taking this independently, because you risk doing even more damage to your doors and hinges and locks. Slotenmaker Holland can assist you on all fronts in this area: from opening forced locks to replacing the locks.
If the burglary occurred during the night, we will first provide you with an emergency shutdown. We cannot perform all work during the night hours, because this can cause noise nuisance. That is why we ensure that your property is properly closed and is no longer accessible to third parties. So you can at least try to get some sleep.
The next day we come again to repair damage, try to open your lock and if this fails; replace your locks. We can also provide you with good advice regarding burglary prevention, in which we offer you the best options in your situation. Perhaps it is wise to have a multi-point lock installed immediately? This locks your doors in several places, which considerably reduces the risk of burglary in the future. Once you have experienced a burglary, we will do everything we can to ensure that this was the first and last time for you. Always call us when you need help and we will be at your door as soon as possible.