If you have been a victim of crime, don’t suffer in silence. Even if you do not want to report the crime to the police, think about telling a trusted friend or family member so they can help and support you. Nottinghamshire Victim CARE can also provide you with help and support even if you do not want to report the crime to the Police.
Victim CARE can provide:
Call Nottinghamshire Victim CARE on 0800 304 7575.
If you do want to report the crime to the police please see our page on reporting a crime.
Burglary is entering a building as a trespasser, and then stealing or attempting to steal anything from the building, or entering and causing grievous bodily harm to anyone in it. Burglary can also be when someone enters with the intent to steal something or cause grievous bodily harm.
It is essential that you do not move, touch or tidy anything in the crime scene, as you may be at risk of disturbing or even destroying the forensic evidence, which would reduce the chance of catching the offender. Wait until police have been until you move, touch or tidy anything.
Go through your property and note down and photograph everything that has been stolen or damaged. If items have been stolen, you may need to get in touch with the relevant organisation to notify and cancel them for example bank cards, passports etc.
Contact the number on your insurance policy as soon as you feel able to. You will need to explain in detail what exactly happened, so it can be helpful to do this when it is fresh in your memory. Insurance companies may need evidence to show the value of items you intend to claim for – try to gather receipts, or evidence of purchase from bank statements.
You will also need to provide insurers with your crime number – the officer in your case should have provided this to you after taking your statement. If you don’t have this or can’t remember, you can contact 101 and they can provide it after taking a few details.
Looking after yourself
Everyone reacts differently to experiencing a crime. It is important however to recognise that whatever has happened to you, it can still feel like a violation.
If you have any physical injuries, it is important that you get these checked out as soon as possible at either a walk in centre or Accident and Emergency – you can find your local urgent care centre here https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/Urgent-Care/LocationSearch/0
You might also find that you feel suddenly quite emotional, you might struggle to sleep properly or feel anxious being in your home or out and about. It is important that you recognise that all of these are not unusual to experience following any crime.
Some ways you can help yourself during this time:
The NHS Moodzone pages have a lot of tips on how to boost your emotional wellbeing which you can find here.
Ensuring your property is secure is the best way to ensure you are safer in future.
A few simple everyday steps can make a big difference –
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