What to Do if a
Burglary has Occurred or is Occurring
- Be sure to call the police
- If the burglary is occurring
at the time you are calling, be sure to state so - police
will respond very quickly.
- If you come home or to the
office and find that it has been burglarized, don't go in.
Call the police first. The intruder may still be inside and
a trapped burglar is a dangerous person.
- Leave everything
untouched-don't disturb anything until the police have
finished their work; keep others away from the burglary
- Give all information you can
to police about items stolen (serial numbers, identifying
characteristics, descriptions, etc.); check to see if anyone
saw any suspicious persons in the area or suspicious
- Most of all . . . insist on
prosecuting the criminal. Agree to testify against this
person or persons and agree to take whatever time is
necessary to identify stolen property, appear at a hearing
and court trial, speak with police officers, etc.
Why Keep a Record of
- It allows the police to trace
a stolen item and to identify who stole it as well as who
handles stolen items in your area.
- It establishes good evidence
in court against such persons.
- It allows stolen items to be
returned to you; if you cannot prove an item belongs to you,
it may well be sold at public auction instead.
- Use the attached handy
reference form below to record information about your
Copyright 2000 Sen. Vincent J. Fumo