Having break-in or burglary can be a nightmare, imagine coming home after a night out or a few days away and finding that your window is broken or your door broken and ajar and then there is the fear of thinking that someone might actually still be inside your home laying in wait after being disturbed by you suddenly coming home, what do you do?
The first thing to do of course is to call the police and report the break-in right away, most people in this day and age carry around a mobile phone anyway so this isn’t the major obstacle it used to be where people had to call on a neighbour or find a pay phone. However, if you are on your own it’s advisable that you do call on a neighbour you can trust who will wait with you until the police arrive.
Most recent burglary statistics from the Crime Survey for England & Wales (CSEW) show that there were an estimated 6.5 million incidents of crime against households last year so if it’s any comfort at all you are not alone and people go through this on a daily basis.
After the police finally arrive, which can take a while especially in rural areas, and have inspected your premises to make sure that no one is still inside and your home is safe for you to enter they will expect you to give them a list of everything that is missing or broken and finally after telling you that they rarely catch burglars they will give you a crime reference number and be on their way, but what now?
Now you need to secure your home as you can’t sleep in a house all night with a broken door or window. You need to find yourself a local emergency locksmith who offers a 24 hour call-out service in your area, a majority will do both boarding up and Lock replacement.
Our course no one uses telephone or business directories anymore and why anyone would use a £3 a minute directory enquiry number when a Google search is free is beyond me so you need to turn to the internet and do a search for things like emergency locksmith or 24 hour locksmith, you can add your area to the search but most search engines whether on a computer or smartphone will know your location and should show you the nearest results.
Beware of sponsored or paid results as these are usually large locksmith call centres who will then contact a locksmiths on their books on your behalf, the price is typically more that you would pay going direct as the call centre needs to take their cut and many will give you the run-around making you wait hours or even until the morning because they either have no one on call during the night or they don’t actually have a locksmith in your area and don’t want to lose your business.
Many people are unaware that they have contacted a national call centre because they came up in local searches and their telephone number looked local so when browsing the search engine results look for a genuine, local, independent locksmith in your area who says on their website that they are on call 24/7, many independents won’t even charge a call out fee and will just bill you for the work carried out.