The trauma of Being Burgled
Have you ever left a window ajar, or a door unlocked, and thought to yourself, “it will be okay”?
We often live under the illusion that we will never be victims of such an invasive crime. However, the reality is that it can happen to anyone.
With the UK facing extreme economic hardships, due to the global pandemic, there are far more opportunistic thieves, as well as calculated burglars, operating in your local area – even if it has always appeared safe on the surface.
During the past year crime rates have soared dramatically, including burglary and other household theft. On average, a burglary takes place every 106 seconds in the UK. Over £181 million worth of goods are stolen every year from London homes alone.
Experience of being burgled
Although there are ways of recovering from the financial turmoil of being burgled, many homeowners underestimate the traumatic and emotional impact that it leaves behind.
Burglars strip you of your sense of security. Victims are left feeling violated as well as guilty and ashamed that it happened to them. They may even be fearful to leave the house for extended periods of time.
After having such a personal, sacred space invaded, it is no surprise that 81% of domestic burglary victims felt emotionally affected, with 21% of those significantly affected and 60% of all adults finding it difficult to ever feel safe in their homes again.
The psychological trauma experienced after a burglary can range from intense feelings of anxiety, intrusive thoughts, night terrors and can extend beyond the threshold of your home and filter into your everyday life – into the workplace or school. Victims may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which can last for weeks, months, or even years.
Our homes are often viewed as an extension to ourselves – so when our home is ransacked and sentimental items were taken, there is an overwhelming sense of grief and a loss of control over our space – and ultimately our lives!
Very often the homeowner is so distressed they prefer to move house – which is an expensive alternative to improving your security.
Securing your home is vital – not only keeping you and your loved ones safe but the meaningful items and memories that you treasure.
Have you been a victim of a burglary or household theft?
Here are some ways of coping:
- Improving a home is the first step in granting yourself the peace of mind that you need. Ensure that you invest in modern, up-to-date alarms and have the latest security systems installed.
- Co-operating and helping with the investigation will help confront the issue head-on. This can potentially prevent future burglaries from happening to other households in your area.
- If your home has been ransacked – rearranging and redecorating can allow a fresh start. A new focus, and the opportunity to move on from the trauma of the event.
- After going through such an unsettling experience – learning self-defense may be an effective way of regaining your power and control.
Here at Third Eye, we are dedicated to keeping you and your property safe. For other information visit the Met Police website