When your home has been burgled, or when there has been an attempt to break-in, it is natural to experience many different emotions such as fear, disbelief, anger, or sadness. These are all normal. Your home is the place where you expect to feel safest, and a burglary can shatter that sense of safety.

Understandably, you may have concerns about future burglaries as well. Many people say that they feel unsafe, and their everyday stress becomes heightened, particularly at night-time. Naturally, some people may not even be able to sleep in their home at night following a break-in.

What to do next

Report the crime to the Gardaí.
They can check for fingerprints and forensic evidence and will investigate the crime. You should also try to make a list of all the missing items which should be given to the Gardaí.

Contact your insurance company promptly.  It might be useful to take photos if your property has been damaged because of the burglary.

Get your house back in order as soon as possible. After the Garda forensic checks have been completed, it can be beneficial to you and your family to put things back in order as soon as possible. This can help restore a sense of normality and familiarity to your home.

Many people consider adding or changing home security measures after a break-in.

Some possible steps include:

  • Contacting your local Garda station and asking to speak to the Crime Prevention Officer. This Garda can visit your house and advise you on home security.
  • Getting an alarm, or improving your alarm system. This can help prevent future burglaries.
  • Inviting neighbours over to have a chat and offering them the opportunity to share ideas about community/neighbourhood safety.
  • Putting up a Community Alert sign or Neighbourhood Watch stickers.
  • Improving locks on doors and windows.
  • Installing a wind chime or bells on entry and exit doors.
  • Getting security lights at the front and back of the house.

You may also want to consider getting a monitored personal alarm. If you are over 65, there may be a grant available to assist you in getting this installed through the Seniors Alert Scheme. More information about the Scheme can be found here or by ringing the Crime Victims Helpline at 116 006.

Get Help Now

The Crime Victims Helpline is a listening and support service for victims of crime in Ireland. We provide time and space for victims to talk about their experiences. We also answer questions about the criminal justice system and help victims understand their rights.

Support Services

If you or a friend or family member has been impacted by crime, there are a number of organisation in Ireland who can help.