Nobody ever plans to or even gets prepared for a robbery incident. Robberies just happen unexpectedly when no one expects it. In a situation where somebody is robbed, most times, the victims are always very confused initially and very fidgety. If you happen to be robbed, here are a few things you must do.
Call the police immediately and take pictures, but don’t touch anything
The very first thing you should do immediately after a robbery is to call the police. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get stolen items back. If the person who broke into your home or vehicle is still nearby, police will have a higher chance of catching them right after it happens than if you wait a day to report it.
Gather all the information you can, if you saw the person try to remember any information about them including, but not limited to: sex, age, complexion the clothing they work etc. Some people are better at memorizing this type of information than others, but fortunately observation and memory retention are things you can practice even if you aren’t currently being burgled.
police arrive to move anything, but try provide evidence as close to the conditions you found your home as possible.
The only thing you should never try to take pictures of is your attacker. If you’re face-to-face with the person who is trying to steal from you, let them go. Sure, a photo might make it easier to identify them, but it’s not worth your life. Always cooperate with the thief. There’s time to deal with your property later.
File Reports and Insurance Claims Immediately
As earlier stated, the first thing you need to do is contact the police and file a report. Depending on how you go about this, you have a few options. If the police come to your home, you can have them walk you through your reporting options, which may include going down to the station to write a statement.
Once you have your police report, take it to your insurance company (and if you don’t already have insurance, get it now). They will need all the information the police have to begin work on your claim.
At this point, you should be prepared to explain your income situation and provide as much proof as possible of anything you own that was stolen.
If you have any receipts or titles from big ticket items, have them available when they get to your home.
Stay tuned for the concluding part in a few days.