Many people consider moving after experiencing a burglary.
While moving house might help victims to move on and experience a sense of normalcy again, burglary is common in most places.
In this article, we’ll explain the pros and cons of moving after a burglary and how to feel safe again after a burglary.
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Should You Move After Being Robbed?
It’s expected that many victims desire to move after being robbed because of a sense of violation and vulnerability.
With a burglary happening every 30 seconds in the US, break-ins are actually a common experience for Americans.
How Do You Move On After a Burglary?
Being a victim of a burglary is a harrowing experience. Many people feel helpless after a burglary, but the anxieties you feel in the immediate aftermath will ease over time.
Let’s address some of the ways to begin to move on after a burglary.
1. Know the facts
The most important facts to remember after being burgled:
- After a burglary, over 50% of properties are targeted again within one month.
- Most burglaries are committed by people in the surrounding area.
- 50% of burglaries are committed by someone you know.
- Up to 60% of burglars won’t target a property with home security cameras.
2. Complete repairs quickly
If a burglar returns to a property it’s probably because they know it’s vulnerable.
They may have tampered with the locks, left windows open, or stolen keys to make it easier to break in again. That’s why it’s important to complete repairs as quickly as possible.
After a burglary, make sure to:
- Change the locks
- Check all locks to ensure they haven’t been tampered with
- Repair any broken locks
- Repair window breakages
- Keep windows closed and locked (including in garages)
Because burglars have already been inside the home, they know the layout and where the valuables are. Temporarily moving things can confuse burglars should they manage to break in again.
3. Install home security cameras
Over 50 million US homeowners have security cameras installed on their properties to protect themselves from break-ins.
4. Secure the property
The more secure a property is, the less likely it is to be broken into again.
Key ways to secure a property after a break-in and ease future anxieties are to:
- Install preventative signage (like CCTV in Operation or Guard Dog on Patrol)
- Add additional locks to weak points (like garages, sheds, interior garage doors with access to the property, basement wells, side gates, and doors)
- Secure the garage
- Keep ladders locked in a yard shed
- Lock windows when not in use
- Add extra security to back doors
- Trim overgrown shrubbery that provides criminals with places to hide
5. Get back into normal routines
It’s tempting to stay home all the time or even live away from the property after a burglary. However, this will only delay the healing process.
Leaving a property empty also makes it more vulnerable to burglary, especially if it’s already been targeted before.
Once the property has been secured, try to get back into normal routines as quickly as possible. Returning to your daily routines can help you forget about the experience and prevent anxieties from progressing.
6. Process the experience
Moving on from a burglary means processing it in order to heal.
Many people experience PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) after being burgled, which is diagnosed by a licensed mental health professional.
This isn’t an abnormal response to being burgled, and it’s important to deal with the trauma properly. Counseling and advice from mental health professionals aids in processing trauma and regaining confidence.
Moving house after a burglary is rarely an option for most people, but that doesn’t mean your home has to be a place of uncertainty and fear.
Installing cameras and repairing the property should always be the first step to feel safer at home.
While moving away from a particularly dangerous neighborhood might offer peace of mind, it’s also important to process the trauma effectively. If you are struggling after experiencing a burglary, counseling and other mental health services are an invaluable means of recovery.