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What to do when your house is burgled during celebrating holiday or traveling away from home.

Are you anxious about the safety of your house when you are away for holiday? Theft or house burglary case may happen when you are travelling. How to deal with the situation? This article provides steps and information to deal with such situations. Read the article and get benefited.


There are many incidents of theft and house burglary during celebrating holiday/ traveling away from home. People should plan next course of action to solve the problem. Useful information can be taken from this article. When we go out, we should make proper arrangements for our house security. If unfortunately house is burgled we should be clear about the action to be taken. The detail procedure is explained next in this article.

General precautions to be observed

We should observe some precautions before proceeding on tour such as-
  1. Close all the doors and windows properly
  2. Lock all the doors from inside. Put the bolts and locks from inside except one main door because you cannot lock it from inside. So put interlock on the main entry door and lock it
  3. Put off all the lights, fans off and remove all the plugs from the switches to avoid damage by thundering
  4. Remove the cable from TV and antenna
  5. Get fitted a hidden CC TV camera to record the videos of thieves.
  6. Get the insurance policy for house hold items.
  7. Put your valuables in the bank locker before proceeding on holiday.
  8. Put your valuables documents and cards such as voter id, Aadhar card, PAN card. ATM and other important cards in a suitcase and handover to your relative/ neighbor and take back after coming back.
  9. Remove the battery and petrol from your vehicle so that it becomes the difficult to steal
  10. Hide keys of your car and motorcycle so that it should not fall in the hand of thief.
  11. Get fitted a device on your main door so that you can see the picture of your door in your mobile. If there is any danger it will give alerts on your mobile.
  12. Tell your neighbor about your absence from home. Exchange the mobile numbers of each other's

Steps to deal the situation

If you should to know that your house is burgled and the theft has occurred, these are steps to deal the situation.
  • Confirm the incident from your neighbor.
  • Prepare a list of your items stolen and approximate value of the items.
  • If you found true report the incident to police over the phone or tell your neighbor or relative to report the matter to police and get FIR done.
  • Let police take the footage from CC TV camera. It will help in investigation and the thieves will be soon behind the bars
  • If police do not file FIR report go to police station near your tour place and get ZERO FIR done. Later get it transfer to your house location police station
  • Get the insurance claim file for items theft.
  • The items will be recovered or you will get the insurance claim


Think and plan about the safety of your house before proceeding out for holiday/fun or travel. Go through the precautions mentioned in this article and follow them. If you met such incident, report the matter to police over the phone, tell your neighbor or relative to report the matter to police and get FIR done. If the items recovered well otherwise get the insurance claim registered and get claim. Now you can purchase new items.

Article by NK SHARMA
I am Mechanical engineer with MBA and M Phil degree. I have a passion for reading and writing. I enjoy in sharing knowledge with people.

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Author: DR.N.V. Srinivasa Rao30 Mar 2018 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 3

It is wise to inform the nearby police station also when you are going our by locking the house for a camp and they may have a watch on the house if you inform them in advance. You should not keep the almirah keys and locker key in a place where it is easily traceable to others. It should be kept in a very remote and secret place so that no one can easily approach that.
One important point is that if some theft happened in your house when anybody was not in the house, inform your close relative or good friend who is in the station to go and assess the situation. Basing his advise you should plan to come back. You have to ask your friend or relative who assessed the situation to inform officially in writing to the police station. The list of lost items will be finalised by police only after taking confirmation from the house owner as he only knows the items available in the house before the incident.

Author: Pramila Kapahi04 Apr 2018 Member Level: Silver   Points : 4

With my experience, I would suggest that we should be cautious not only when we go out for a long vacation but also for errands like picking children from school or going for regular walks etc too.
Let me share this experience so that people become more alert. A few years back, I regularly went to pick up my kids from a school that was barely one kilometer. This was a regular thing for me. It would take about 20 to 25 minutes for me to return. Someone has been observing this, maybe a maid or a pressman. I reached home one day and found my door open and the whole house ransacked in a matter of 25 minutes. Be observant each time you move out whether there is someone watching you.
Today technology has advanced and CCTVs are a boon but still, it would be better to be careful.

Author: K Mohan04 Oct 2019 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 2

When you are planning to go on a long holiday or vacations, it is better to inform the neighbours and also the relatives to have an eye on the house. In Hyderabad, there is an arrangement with police on night duty to have the vigil and guard the house in the owner's absence and the police will charge the user charges for the services rendered. Nevertheless, we should not keep the costly things or jewels inside the house when we are out.

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