You come home from work or perhaps a long well deserved vacation, ready to relax at home. As you walk up to the door to put the key in, you notice that it is slightly open; scuff marks near the deadbolt make it clear that someone forced their way in. You feel a sudden, sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach and realize the truth: You have suffered a burglary.
Hopefully, you will never have to experience this, but the unfortunate reality is that it still happens, sometimes when we least expect it. According to the F.B.I. National Crime Statistics, there were over 2.1 million break-ins in 2012 with an estimated 75% of those involving residential properties. So what do you do when you yourself are the victim?
First and foremost, back away from the house and go back to your car. You don’t know if anyone is still there and the last thing you want to do is encounter someone on the property. Call the police immediately and wait for them to arrive.
Once the police have made sure that your residence is empty, take stock of what you think was stolen. The usual suspects are small electronics, jewelry, guns; basically anything that can be easily grabbed. The average thief will do anything they can to avoid running into someone and they will be in and out as fast as possible.
After you have made a list, the police will take a statement from you and be on the lookout for local pawnshops to see if anything you have listed will be sold there. These are usually the easiest options to unload stolen merchandise for a quick buck.
So now you know what to do in case of a burglary, but what could you have done to prevent this? Unfortunately if a thief is determined enough, they will find a way to get in. The goal is to make it as difficult as possible for them to make off with any valuables. Fortunately, Willa-Hide provides the perfect solution for you. With several different ways to conceal your valuables guns, you can ensure that anything you have is not only protected, but tastefully blends in to your home decor.
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