What You Should Do Immediately After Being Burglarized

Home Invasion

Being burglarized is such a scary event. Not only do you feel vulnerable and violated, you feel a sense of loss that’s hard to recover from. Hopefully, you will never need to deal with a home burglary, but in the event that you do, it’s best to be prepared. Let’s take a look at how you need to respond immediately to being burglarized.


As soon as you enter your home or apartment and see that you’ve been robbed, exit immediately. You never know if a burglar is actually still in your home and is hiding somewhere. You may be anxious to pick up the pieces (literally), but you definitely don’t want to meet a burglar face to face.

Return to your car and lock the doors, or stay at a neighbor’s home until police arrive.

Call 9-1-1

After you’ve left the home, it’s time to call 9-1-1 Emergency. It’s important that you contact your local law enforcement agency. Not only can they check out your home to make sure that the burglar’s not hiding there, they can also look for clues to possibly find the thief. Additionally, police will amp up the amount of patrols in your area, to prevent future crimes from happening in your neighborhood.

Look But Don’t Touch

Make sure that you avoid touching anything. Some police departments actually dust for fingerprints, although rarely. But even if they don’t, it’s a good idea not to clean up until after the police have had an opportunity to survey the area.

Cancel Your Accounts

Even if your credit cards were on your person and not at home during the time of the break-in, it’s a good practice to cancel them, just in case. The fact is that burglars have been in your home and had access to all of your personal information, and may stumble upon it, if not in paperwork, on your computer, laptop, or tablet.

Make A List

Once the police say it’s okay to touch, go through your home and make a detailed list of what’s been stolen or destroyed. Turn this list in to the local police department and file a police report. After you file a police report, you can file a claim with your insurance company.

Check the Local Pawn Shops

Burglars are looking to make a quick flip of your stolen property. That often leads them to pawn shops. Actively be on the hunt for your stuff with the weeks following your burglary. Pawn shops are required to hold on to items for 30 days before selling. Although police will often check pawn shops immediately after your home burglary, some criminals hold on to your valuables for days or weeks, to avoid detection.

Stay on your game, and visit pawn shops on a weekly basis. It may be months before you come across your goods, but won’t it feel good when you do? And, a bonus, many burglars have been caught this way.

Give Yourself Time To Heal

Burglaries wreak havoc on you emotionally. Although you can recover from the material violation, it takes time to work through the emotional breach of trust. Let your loved ones help you rebuild your faith in humanity. And, if all else fails, invest in a home security system that can prevent future burglaries by up to 300%.