If you’ve ever suffered through the traumatizing aftermath of a home robbery, then unfortunately you already know how it can leave you feeling victimized and unsafe. Many people have trouble sleeping afterwards and some feel skittish and paranoid over every little noise. One thing you must understand is that these feelings are all completely normal, and that there are certain steps you can take to help you feel more at peace.
What You Can Do
- Start the recovery process immediately. If your home was left in disarray, then take each room one at a time and begin cleaning up. Rearrange the furniture and put everything back in its proper place. If the task feels overwhelming, then ask a friend or relative to help you. You may have to replace broken windows or doors, and if you don’t feel comfortable taking care of this yourself, then hire a handyman to do it for you.
- Take the necessary steps to avoid future break-ins. If your budget allows, have a security system and monitoring service installed. If you can’t afford it, then consider buying phony security signs and windows decals. In most situations, burglars will bypass a home if they spot security system warnings in the front yard. Purchase deadbolts for your doors, and if you haven’t already, make a list of the serial numbers on your valuables and take pictures of them also. Document everything you own and keep this information tucked away inside a vault or other hiding place for safekeeping.
- Seek counseling through a Pastor, therapist, or a friend, if you need to. Sometimes it takes seeking professional help to recover from the trauma of a break-in, especially for your mental well-being, and that is perfectly understandable.
It takes time to return to a feeling of normalcy following a robbery, so try not to force your recovery. People heal in different ways. The most important thing is to do what you feel is best for you.