How to Reclaim Your Home After a Crime

Your home is a place where you should be able to relax, feel safe and at ease. Unfortunately, it is hard to feel this way after a burglary or some other criminal intrusion that damages not only the property but also the feelings of safety and security. Many people feel that their home has been corrupted by criminals who violated the space.

Such feelings add a strain to relationships that already have to deal with the stress of coping with consequences of a crime. The good news is that it is in your power to erase, wash away and overwrite these negative emotions and triggers.

The first step that you should make is figure out how the criminals got into your home. Then, take steps to prevent it from happening again. You will sleep much better once you have confidence that you fixed the problem and your security is tight.

If possible, replace the items that the burglars have touched or gone through. If this includes furniture, look to swap it with someone else or buy used furniture with a similar look. Brand new bed sheets will make the entire bedroom feel new. You can accomplish a similar effect by getting new curtains. If the criminals have left traces on the carpets, have the carpets professionally cleaned. The rule of thumb is to do everything you can to freshen up your home.

Some people continue feeling the presence of an intruder even after a cleanup. In this case, try redecorating your space. New colors and designs will make your home feel renewed and refreshed.

After you take as many steps as you can, have a party and invite as many people as you can, including friends, relatives, and coworkers. Let them know that you do not want to discuss the crime or even think about it. The idea is to layer new happy memories about the party on top of the new look of your home.