Burglary: The After-Effects

Your home should be a safe haven, a place of peace and tranquility filled with personal possessions and aspects of your life that you can enjoy without feeling under threat.
So imagine coming home to find that it has been burgled or even vandalised? Unfortunately burglary is one of the most common crimes in the UK and the after-effects can go beyond having to replace possessions or endure a financial loss. The psychological effects of a burglary can be as traumatic for some victims as a personal assault.

If you’ve been the victim of a burglary, you will be familiar with some of the following emotions:Burglar

Fear
The fear of it happening again is paramount for many burglary victims. You no longer feel safe in your own home and may become wary of strangers. This can lead to a fear of opening the front door or even answering the telephone.

Grief
You may feel intense grief, especially if possessions with particular sentimental value have been stolen or broken.

Anger

Many victims feel anger not just towards the perpetrators, but also with the authorities that you may feel are not doing enough, or even yourself for not doing enough to protect your home.

Violated
Feelings of revulsion and violation are common for burglary victims, especially if their home has also been vandalised.

Pro-Active Measures
Once the police give the go-ahead, clean up as soon as possible and secure any broken entryways. Take measures to secure your home for the future. These can include:
• Alarms
• Security lights
• CCTV Surveillance
• Door and window locks

Seek help from victim support groups and get involved with a neighbourhood watch scheme.

Insight Investigations provide CCTV installation to help protect your home from intrusion and vandalism. Contact us for information and advice on your home security options.