After hearing about a burglary, most peoples’ natural reaction is to ask what was stolen. They may be talking about physical possessions, but sometimes the theft goes much deeper than that.
As the victim of a burglary, you may feel your sense of safety stolen as well – even when you’re in your own home. For many victims, the feelings of helplessness and insecurity are much more crippling than the loss of a television or a few pieces of jewellery.
As impossible as it might sound right now, you can help yourself feel more comfortable at home – but it won’t happen overnight. It will take some work on your part, but follow these four tips will have you well on your way to feeling safe enough to live comfortably in your own home:
1) Replace Your Locks
After a crime, many victims only replace the locks on the door that was broken into. Even worse, in situations where the burglar came in through a window, homeowners often fail to change their locks at all.
When it comes to securing your home, you’re better safe than sorry – you never know if the burglar happened to pick up a spare set of keys you had lying around your home. As affordable as the supplies are, replacing all of the exterior locks in your home is well worth it even if just for the peace of mind.
2) Take a Short Vacation
No one will blame you if you don’t feel safe in your home right away – it can take quite a while for the mental scars from a burglary to heal. Many victims find that a great way to get over the initial stress of a burglary is to get away from home for a few days.
Whether you’re able to take a short vacation out of town, or simply just stay in local accommodations, spending a few days out of your home will give you time to rationalise the situation rather than focusing solely on emotions.
3) Put Your Home Back Together
When there’s damage to your home, the feeling of helplessness can grow even stronger. But the sooner you address the destruction and get started putting your home back together, the sooner you can put it out of your mind.
Get any broken windows repaired, replace items like televisions that were stolen, and put your furniture and belongings back where they should be.
Alternatively, some people take the situation as an opportunity to repaint and redecorate, erasing any reminders of the damage caused by the burglary. Everyone is different, but the most important thing is to get working on repairing the damage as quickly as possible.
4) Install a Home Security System
When you feel like you’re ready to live in your home again, the final step in moving forward is to install a security system that you can monitor from your phone.
A burglar can cost you more than physical goods. No matter how hopeless it may feel now, you can feel safe again. Replacing your locks, taking a vacation, repair your home and install a home security system are four things you can do to feel safe again.
Just remember – you’re not alone. It’s common for burglary victims to feel a little scared in the days and weeks following the crime. But with time, the proper mindset, and by taking the right precautions, you can turn your cold, unwelcoming house back into a warm and comforting home.