Counting the emotional cost of a break in
Many victims of burglary say that the worst thing about a break in is not what they took but how they made them feel. It can be a very traumatic experience that can leave people feeling vulnerable, unsafe and uncomfortable in their own homes. Often, possessions can be replaced and will be covered by insurance but knowing that someone has been in your home, rifling through your personal things, can be much more difficult to recover from.
We think that if people really appreciated this emotional side of a break in, it might help them to be more vigilant about their home security.
Have you been a victim of burglary?
We want to hear from you
We’d like to hear from you and share how that burglary made you feel. Just let us know by e-mail, in the comments section below, on Facebook or on Twitter. If you’d rather not be named then let us know by e-mail and your comments will remain anonymous.
How do you get over a break in?
Strategies for dealing with a burglary will be different for different people, and may well also depend on the nature of the break in itself eg you may well feel worse if you were in the house at the time, if there was extensive damage or if they got into more personal areas of your home such as your bedroom or your child’s bedroom.
There are a few things you can consider:
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If you are concerned about home security then keep checking our blog throughout October as we’ll be posting lots of tips and advice over National Home Security Month.
If you have experienced a break in then we’d really appreciate your comments on how it affected you, and you could well help someone else in the process.