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Instructions for preventing burglary and what to do if a crime takes place

Home is your security from the world. Thus, burglary violates anyone’s sense of security. Burglary is not always considered as a very traumatic experience, but copying with burglary at an emotional level can take a lot longer that bringing your home back to how it was.

Most burglaries are done to places, which are easy to break in to. Breaking into your home can be made difficult with some simple methods:

  • Pay attention to the locking of your home
    • All entrance doors should be rear locking.
    • In addition to a rear lock, a safety lock that is opened and closed with a key can be added to the entrance door. The use of rear locking and a safety lock ensure good burglary protection for apartments.
    • Locking security can be improved with burglary protection tape (in order to prevent the door being lifted away), a peephole and a security chain.
  • Regularly check your home’s basic security systems (door and window locks, key storage, alarm systems) and learn to use them.
  • If you have an alarm system – place stickers about them on your doors and windows.
  • Remember that the correct place for a spare key is not under your doormat.
  • Do not attach contact details to your keys or information about the door they are for.
  • When you move to a new apartment, the apartment locks should be changed.
  • You can suspend the delivery of any ordered products while you are on holiday.
  • Do not leave a message on your answer machine or on social media about your holiday.
  • Tell a reliable neighbour that you are away from home, so that he/she will know to keep his/her eye on your home.
  • While you are away, make sure your home or summer cabin looks like someone is living there.
    • Leave the curtains open.
    • If possible, set up a lamp to turn on and off with a timer.
    • Ask someone to empty your mailbox, plough the snow or cut your lawn.
  • An outdoor light equipped with a motion sensor can keep away unwanted guests.
  • When planning and installing an alarm system, it is worth only using devices and installation professionals that are approved by insurance companies.
  • Think of a safe storage place for your important documents. If necessary, obtain a safe deposit from your bank for your documents.
  • Large sums of money should not be stored at home. Do not store all your money in the same place, unless you have an appropriate safe for them.
  • An inventory should be prepared of your property, and valuables should be photographed to help remember.
  • Take any valuables with you from the summer cabin after the cabin season ends.
  • Keep your insurance policy up to date. Check the coverage of your insurance policy and the related protection guide.

If you become a victim of burglary

  • Notify the police about the incident as soon as possible and ask for any instructions.
  • Take a copy of the crime report for yourself. The insurance company may later ask for a copy of the crime report.
  • Try and not mess any possible fingerprints or other evidence. Do not clean or arrange your items, before the police have given you permission.
  • Repair any broken doors, locks, windows, etc. as soon as the police have given you permission. Keep any receipts of possible repairs for a possible compensation claim.
  • Prepare a list of the lost assets.
  • Make a damages claim to your insurance company and attach a copy of the crime report.
  • If necessary, contact Victim Support Finland, if you have any questions related to what has happened, which would like answers to or if you feel the need to discuss what has happened.