Becoming a victim of burglary can have a long-lasting physical and emotional impact.

Having a stranger enter your home can leave you feeling insecure - on average it can take seven months for you to feel secure in your home again.

Remaining vigilant and having good security can reduce the chance of your home being burgled. In many cases, burglars gain entry through a window being left open or a door being left unlocked.

However, if the worst was to happen, it is important to think about how you would deal with the situation.

How you react to a burglar entering your home is a personal choice and might depend on the situation - for example, whether you're alone at the time or not. You may choose to make a noise and hope it scares the burglar off, or keep quiet and hope the burglar doesn't come in the room you're in.

Despite many people now having a phone in their bedroom, it is still a good idea to bring your mobile phone to bed with you. If someone does break in, you can use it to call the police even if the burglar has disconnected your home phone.

If you have any information about offenders or see something suspicious, call us on 101, or call Crimestoppers anonymously  on 0800 555111. In an emergency dial 999.

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