Recovering from a home break-in

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Updated: 11/06/2012 1:24 pm Published: 11/05/2012 8:37 pm

You come home and find your doors have been kicked in or your windows smashed.

You thought you did everything to protect your home but it wasn’t enough.

In September, there were 394 home break-ins a month which had burglars stealing your financial, physical and emotional security.

However, a closer look at the map, the latest preliminary numbers show in September, there were clusters in North Tulsa in the Skyline neighborhood. In East Tulsa, thieves were hitting homes near 21st and 129th East Avenue.

In South Tulsa, in area where there are several apartments, 61st and S. Peoria were hit hard by burglars. In West Tulsa, burglars broke into homes and apartments near 23rd and Jackson.

Keeping a crook out of your home starts with prevention and there are three things police say you can do without feeling like you live in Fort Knox.


Secure your home with a deadbolt and make sure it is one that you have to unlock with a key. Using the same lock on all doors makes it easier to lock up and harder for thieves to walk out through doors that are locked. Remember to hide the key so it’s not accessible to thieves.

Lock your windows with a secured key lock or security grate.

Also remember to close your blinds so it is not easy for thieves to peak inside and to know what items to steal.

If you have an alarm police recommend you activate it and register it with the City of Tulsa so police will respond.

Moments after a break-in:

Police recommend if you notice something suspicious before you go inside your home or immediately after, go outside and call police to clear the scene. A burglar could still be inside hiding in your home and a confrontation can escalate into violence.

If anyone sees the burglar or a neighbor did and called police, that’s a high priority and they should respond quick. If it is not in progress and you don’t feel you are in immediate danger, it could take hours for an officer arrives to take a report.

If someone sees the suspect head to toe a physical description, getaway vehicle, and tag number.

Post Break-In:

Once it is safe to go inside, you realized thieves stole your keys you left on the key ring, flat screen television, iPad and other expensive electronics.

Police recommend that you go beyond checking the obvious electronics. You should also check for missing credit cards, checks, mail and medications.

If your financial items were stolen report them to your financial institutions. Also file a report with your insurance company.

Also take the time to write down your serial numbers of expensive items. E-mail the list to yourself so you always have the list.

Also document your items on video or photographs.

The Tulsa Police Department has a burglary guide to help you prevent and recover from a burglary.

Tuesday on Daybreak, Girl Scout Lauren Yeagle shares her Gold Star project called Lauren’s List. It’s a website she created to help homeowners keep track of big ticket items.

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