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In the aftermath of a home robbery, many homeowners regret that they didn’t follow the advice of “better safe than sorry.” While the property loss you incur can be a huge financial blow, it’s also the emotional impact of your safe space being invaded that’s devastating.

There are, however, a few steps you can take ahead of time so that if you do eventually fall victim to a burglar, you can minimize the cost, chaos, and distress of the experience.

1. Secure Your Valuables.

Burglars prefer small, pricey items that are convenient to carry and easy to pawn. If you keep valuables in a safe, ensure it is bolted to the ground or otherwise secured. Small safes are attractively portable for would-be robbers.

  • Cash. This seems like obvious advice, but don’t keep large stacks of money lying around.
  • Jewelry. Thieves often head right to the master bedroom to pocket expensive-looking pieces that can be pawned.
  • Drugs. You may not consider prescription meds desirable, but pills are easy to resell and difficult to replace.
  • Guns. Hopefully, you’ve got your firearms safely secured because they’re a prime target for burglars.
  • Tools. They’re just lying around in your garage, but for a thief, tools are cash in the bank on the local classifieds.

2. Update Your Home Insurance.

Bought anything expensive lately? It’s a good idea to update your home insurance and check to see if the policy limits are still adequate. Lots of fancy jewelry or original artwork means you’ll probably want to itemize, itemize, itemize.

3. Do a Whole-Home Inventory.

Walk through your home with a camera in hand and take photos and notes about the contents of each room. If you get robbed, this inventory will be invaluable in helping you identify missing items.

4. Shred Sensitive Documents.

Many homeowners discover that several weeks or months after a break-in, they become victims of identity theft. To avoid being scammed, store passports, birth certificates, and important documents in an off-site safe deposit box.

5. Backup Your Electronics.

Use an external hard drive or Cloud storage to back up your computer, mobile devices, and other electronics that contain sensitive personal information or photos. Losing precious photos and mementos is one of the most difficult things homeowners face after a break-in.

6. Know Your Neighbors.

That noisy guy across the street will likely be the first one to spot something amiss on your property, so cultivate a friendship. It might come in handy later.

7. Get a Security Camera.

If you don’t want to spring for a full-fledged security system, cameras can provide lots of functionality for a small price tag. And, hopefully, they can help police catch a glimpse of your suspect in action. You can visit SafeWise’s reviews for security cameras to learn more about which cameras fit your home security needs

There’s nothing like a break-in to convince homeowners that an alarm system is a good idea, but by then it’s too late. Instead of waiting until the worst happens, invest in some affordable security measures now so you can rest easy knowing that your home and valuables are out of harm’s way.

SafeWise, your home for security and safety advice, is here to help. Check out our informative reviews of security systems and providers so you can protect your property with confidence.