Tag Archives: Theft

Reader’s Home Burglarized – Send Advice

What is it with the burglaries this summer?  A reader contacted us over the weekend about a home burglary (he was out of town at the time).

While the burglars didn’t take much (thankfully), and he’s going through the Get Help – Theft page item by item.

However, he’s also concerned that they did take enough personal info to start a rash of ID thefts.  We sent him the advice on what to do if you suspect ID theft.

If you have advice to share with this reader on what you learned after an ID theft or home burglary, email us (Susan (at) WhatHappensNow.com) and we’ll pass it on and add it to the site.

– Susan

Home Break In – Tips from a Theft Survivor (2 of 2)

Here are Elizabeth’s last five tips. Missed part one?  You can read it here.

Follow up with police
Follow up with police
  1. If you can, find photos and receipts of any of the missing items for insurance purposes.  Having trouble?  Many stores keep a list of customers and their purchase.  For example, it’s pretty easy to find receipts for good jewelry.  Another good tip?  Ask for family photos from holidays or celebrations at your house – your things will be in the background.
  2. Be proactive and look for your things.  Local pawn shops can be a great place to start.
  3. Follow up with the police.  Your responding officer will give you a case reference number – refer to it when you call to follow up.
  4. In Elizabeth’s case a suspect was caught.  They got a call from the county attorney’s office regarding the suspect’s trial date and restitution (payment to us for the stolen and un-recovered items).  She says that when you’re calculating restitution be sure to include your insurance deductible and depreciation that was taken out of your insurance settlement.
  5. Pay attention to the case.  If guilty and sentenced, the thief will have longer to “work off what they owe back to you” while in jail.  This gives you an idea if there’s a chance you’ll see the full amount of your restitution.

BONUS TIP!  Be patient. Be prepared for the process to take time.  Elizabeth felt luck that someone was caught – from identification of a suspect through a guilty plea and sentencing, their process was two months.

Thanks Elizabeth!

– Susan

Home Break In – Tips from a Theft Survivor (1 of 2)

Here’s a real life home theft experience sent into us from Elizabeth.

Coming home after a family event, she and her husband found a door open and realized that they’d been broken into.

After her experience, Elizabeth has 10 great tips to pass along.

  1. Be sure to have a home inventory list!  They had one and it made figuring out what was missing much, much easier.
  2. After the break-in, don’t touch anything!
  3. Call the police.  Crime scene experts arrived on the scene and dusted for prints.
  4. Call your insurance agent.  Be sure to check your policy to see the conditions of depreciative and replacement value.  It can always help in advance if you’ve done your homework on insurance riders.
  5. Consult your home inventory list, and make a list of specifically those items that are missing.

Elizabeth has five more tips coming so you know what to do in case your home is broken into.

– Susan