A burglary is committed when someone breaks into a home or property with the intention of committing unlawful damage, stealing goods or hurting an occupant.
Even if nothing has been stolen, the thought of a stranger being in your home can be very distressing and feel like a violation of your security. Some people blame themselves if they forgot to secure a window or door, or if they were tricked by the burglar, but it’s important to remember it’s not your fault.
Children in particular can be very frightened, even if you don’t think they understand fully what has happened. Not all stolen goods are replaceable and some people may lose items of significant sentimental and personal value.
My home has been burgled - what should I do?
Firstly, consider reporting to the police. If you or anyone is in danger, you should use the 999 number, however if the offender has left the scene you may like to report online or via 101.
Here at the Victim Care Service we have a variety of support available that could help both you and your family after experiencing burglary. Our range of low cost free security items are available to improve both your home’s security and you and your families’ feelings of safety.
Some actions you may like to think about include:
- Secure your home as quickly as possible; and if you rent the property, tell the landlord about any repairs that need carrying out
- Read our crime prevention tips on keeping your home or property safe here
- Inform banks and other organisations if you’ve had important documents stolen such as your passports or bank cards.
How can the Victim Care Service help?
Some of the ways our support can help you cope and recover after burglary:
- Providing someone to talk to around the impact of crime
- Access to resources and aids
- Provision of basic security items and advice on safety and crime prevention
- Referrals to other agencies
- Information on your rights and the criminal justice system.
Children and young people living in the property can be impacted when a burglary has happened and our specialist caseworkers can support in this instance through tailored and individual support.