It’s not what anybody wants, but sadly many homes are broken into every day. If you come home to find signs of a break-in – such as forced windows/doors, broken glass or valuables across the floor – the first thing you’ll want to do is ring the police.
As tempting as it may feel to go in and clean up your home, this could be vital evidence that could play a large role in catching the burglar. We recommend going to a safe place to call from, like a neighbour’s house or car, and depending on whether you think the thieves are still in the house or not, ring either 101 or 999.
After the police arrive, they will take evidence and statements, ask if anyone saw anything and which items you believe might have been taken. Once your report has been compiled, they will give you a case number; you want to ensure that you take note of this number so you keep track of your case.
Get pictures of your house, any broken windows and doors, and any valuable items. This will help you later on down the road as you will be able to strengthen your case with more evidence.
Once the police have finished evaluating the situation, it’s time to call an Emergency Locksmith. The services of a professional locksmith include replacing and repairing broken locks and, to a certain extent, doors and windows, however, if the job can’t be fixed, there is still the option of securing your property by boarding up and securing doors and windows until they can be replaced.
You can also take this opportunity to find out what home security and locks may be best for your home, as they can perform an evaluation of your home and make recommendations.
If you’re looking for an emergency locksmith, Forth Locks covers most major towns and cities and even smaller villages, including but not limited to: