If there's one place everyone should feel safe, it's their home. But after a home break-in, your home may feel like anything but a safe place.
Luckily, there are steps you can take to restore peace of mind after you've experienced a break-in while also helping prevent it from happening again.
What to do after your house is broken into
The first hours after discovering your home has been broken into are often hectic and confusing. But once the police leave, you file claims with your insurance company, and things start to go back to normal, you may find that the feelings of fear and stress can linger long after a break-in.
Here's how to deal.
Acknowledge how the break-in is affecting you
A break-in is a traumatic experience. However, many people mistakenly think that if they weren't home or hurt, they're making a big deal out of it by being upset. In reality, after a traumatic event it's very common to experience mental and physical effects that include:
- Feelings of anxiety, fear, and defenselessness.
- Self-blame, including thinking of things you "should have" done to prevent it.
- Sleep problems, including trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or nightmares.
- Feeling easily startled or frightened by noises.
Recognizing that these feelings are common and normal can help you better understand and cope with them.