REPORT A BURGLARY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
SO, you have been burgled…. What to do next? The most important thing is to contact the police and report the matter immediately. Not the next day or a few days later. It is amazing the number of people who can't be bothered to report the burglary to police. It is worth noting that if you are covered by insurance, the insurance company will require a police report number, so the police must be notified. Once police have been contacted, while it may be tempting to tidy up the house or business or search for items that you believe may be missing, don't. Police will attend and want to conduct a forensic examination of the premises. The more of the scene you disturb, the smaller the chance of a forensic hit that may assist in identifying a baddie and recovering your property. If you saw the person (either in person or on that security system), try to remember any information about them including, sex, age, race, clothing, direction of travel, vehicle type/colour/registration. If you do come up with any new information regarding the crime committed, take it to the police. Don't try to approach the criminal or recover your property yourself, this may complicate the case, delay your insurance claim or, even worse, leave yourself on the wrong end of your own criminal charges. As tempting as it may be to solve the case yourself, leave it to the professionals.
– Detective Sergeant Gary Thwaites