So, you’ve arrived at your home and suspect that your house has been broken in to. Above all, do not go into your house. If you’ve entered, then please leave immediately. Avoiding the home is especially important because you don’t know if the thieves have left. Call the police from your cell phone or from a neighbor’s home line straightaway. Try not to touch anything until they arrive because the thieves may have left fingerprints. When the police arrive, you’ll want to make a list of all the items that have been taken, with a description of the item and its purchase value. Finally, make a duplicate copy of this list for your insurance company.
In the event of a theft, it’s important to know what to expect and to have a plan in place. First, it’s important to know and document what you own. Save your receipts and document your purchases. This will make it easier to prove the value and your ownership of your possessions. Take inventory of your personal property, grouping items by category, value, location in the home, etc. Note of all items under your personal property insurance, including jewelry, art, collectibles, computers, televisions, gaming systems, etc. Take pictures of your items for your inventory to document the value and quality of each item. Once you have created an inventory, store the documents in a safe place like a secure online repository or a fire-proof box.