Courtesy of SimpliSafe ~
The following information is often given out by police to prevent anyone being harmed during a burglary. By carrying out these simple steps, you can make your property’s occupants safer.
Do What The Burglar Tells You To Do
Remember, your main priority is the safety of people inside the property. Most burglars are there to steal, not to harm anyone. If you’re insured, you can recoup the cost of the things stolen. Either way, you don’t want to put anyone in danger for the sake of possessions.
Remember That The Burglar is Likely to be on Edge, Too
Don’t do anything that will surprise the burglar. If needed, identify where you are, and if you are about to move, indicate what you’re about to do. Tell if there’s anyone else in the building, or if you’re expecting anyone.
Only Activate an Emergency Alarm If It Can Be Done Secretly
A wireless security system like Simplisafe’s can send a secret “distress signal” to a wireless alarm monitoring center. Whenever you enter your secret “duress PIN” into your keypad, the system quietly sends your SOS signal to the monitoring center. The police can then be sent straight to your home.
Pay Attention to The Robber’s Appearance
This can later help the police to track perpetrators down. In particular, look at the intruder’s face and clothing and any markings. Also, pay attention to the direction in which the burglar leaves, and details of transport (the type of car, for example, and its make and color).
As Soon as The Burglar Leaves, Lock All the Doors and Call 911
Try to avoid going into the areas where the intruder has been, because you may accidentally disturb any clues left. Avoid touching items, which may have the burglar’s finger prints on them.
Write Down Everything You Can Remember About The Event
Memories fade quickly, and you want to capture every clue that may lead to the burglar’s arrest.
Ensure That Any Witnesses Stay Around Until The Police Arrive
If a witness insists on leaving sooner, make sure he or she leaves contact details with you. If you are in any doubt as to whether the witness has left the correct contact details, ask to see evidence of identity, such as a driver’s license.
If you decide you want to protect your property with a SimpliSafe burglar alarm, visit www.simplisafe.com or call 1-888-957-4675.