Post # 1
Ugh, I’m so frustrated!
Our neighbor contacted SO this morning and told him that it looked like someone broke into our apartment. The door was left open, and now it won’t stay closed unless we deadbolt it… Luckily, it doesn’t look like anything was taken.
SO being the nonchalant guy he is, doesn’t think it’s worth the effort to file a police report. While, I’m kind of freaking out! Obviously, the individual(s) knew we were out of town and waited to act. I feel paranoid already. I’m also worried that they might come back seeing as it was so easy to pry open our door.
Has this happened to any of y’all? Is it worth it to file a police report? Any safety precautions that we should take in case this happens again?
Post # 3
I would without a doubt file a police report! What happens when you have to be home alone? It will be torture wondering if something will happen.
Post # 4
Oh definitely file a police report. Hopefully there will be increased surveillance in the area and it is important to document such things.
Post # 5
File that report! Even if it *appears* nothing has been taken, you might find out something has–and more than likely you need that report in order to file a claim.
Post # 6
Absolutely file the report. It might help establish a pattern if there were other break-ins nearby. You said it’s an apartment; is it a high-rise, or do you have outside doors? Regardless, your apartment management should also be notified so you can have them get better locks.
Post # 7
I’d file a police report and I’d get an alarm system.
Post # 8
File the report, tell your landlord, and depending on how insurance works where you are you might want to contact your broker just in case you need to file a claim later.
Post # 9
@Nika2013: You should always file a police report. It not only helps them ID high-crime areas for more attention, but also there may be evidence that will help catch the perpetrator.
After I had a break-in, I had security bars added on the ground floor (no, it doesn’t look like a prison. It looks just like window panes) and installed a securty system. The police said that any future burglers will go to my neighbors’ as my place would take too long to break into.
Post # 10
@Hyperventilate: —> 100% This
Just so you know, they make “portable” alarm systems that you can take with you when you move if you are a Renter… that is if you cannot get your Landlord to approve / pay for one.
Hope this helps,
Post # 11
The house I am housesitting for was “broken into” the other day. The owner didn’t tell me one of the doors was unlocked (It is not a door we use so I would have never known) and someone walked in the door. The alarm scared off the would-be burglar. Nothing was moved, broken, stolen or damaged. It was able to tell her what door was open all the way across the country and inform the police. We went over and triple checked after the cops left, but that alarm was a godsend.
Post # 12
File a police report regardless. Sorry to hear it happened hun.
Post # 13
Agree with everyone, file the report! Also, do you have renters insurance? If not then now would be the time to get it although it was too late for this incident, it will help you sleep better at night.
Post # 14
@Nika2013: So sorry. I would file a report, and maybe have someone stop in until you return.
Post # 15
@Nika2013: How frustrating and scary- I’m so sorry:( Agreed with all pps- file a police report!
Post # 16
@This Time Round:
Thanks everyone! I don’t have renters insurance, but SO does. I went ahead and filed the report last night. The police officer said there wasn’t enough proof of damage to really take action, but he suggested I ask management to change the locks and discuss an alarm.
It’s just weird that nothing seems to have been touched. I mean we don’t really have anything worth taking, so I guess thats nice. I just wonder why someone would do that??
Any way, I really appreciate all the advice ladies! I worry about everything, so I’m feeling a lot more at ease already!