I Have Been a Victim of a Theft – What Should I Do Next?

Being the victim of a theft or break-in is a stressful experience. It’s psychologically unsettling to see your safe sanctuary violated, and at this moment you need to be level-headed and focused. Fortunately, knowing what to do ahead of time can help make it easier if you ever find yourself as a victim of a theft or break-in.

First Steps To Take:

Call Police.  If they indicate, they are attending the crime scene, do not disturb the scene – protect evidence if you can.

Make notes and take pictures and take videos.

Gather all the information you can. If you saw the person (either in person or on that security system), try to remember any information about them including, but not limited to:

Sex  Age  Race  Clothing  Where they went

Why Make Notes?
Some people are better at memorizing this type of information than others, but fortunately, observation and memory retention are things you can practice even if you aren’t currently being victimized. Be aware of your surroundings. How did they enter? What did they take? How did they leave? Were they on foot or in a car? Was there only one person? Several? Any and all information you can provide to law enforcement officers will help.

Regardless of how good your memory is, take videos and pictures. Both before and after a crime. If something is missing from your home, a photograph of your music system will help prove that it was stolen, not “stolen.”

Additionally, any evidence you can provide to the police and insurance companies can help you with your claims. Don’t disturb anything to take videos and photographs. Wait until the police arrive to move anything, but try to provide evidence as close to the conditions you found your home or car in as possible.

Use extreme caution if you attempt to video or photograph the suspected criminal. If you’re face-to-face with the person who is trying to steal from you, let them go. Always cooperate with the thief. There’s time to deal with your property later.

File your insurance claims immediately and don’t forget that if you recently purchased the stolen item with a credit card, they may offer theft coverage.

Review and Repair Your Security Posture

Start first by target hardening your home and property.

Steps to take include – identify the point of entry and close the hole immediately. Were your doors unlocked? Start locking them. Had window broken? Either get it replaced or board it up.  Do you need an alarm?

Also, consider future protection of your property from loss and theft from Search and Return.

Why Search and Return?

It works: Over 80% of items protected by Search and Return are recovered within 24 hours.


If you have a theft or loss, our former law enforcement professionals will immediately take on your case and work diligently to search, investigate, and recover your missing property.

Our durable recovery tags, and key tags offer world wide protection. Attach the tag to identify and protect anything you wish.

Strong connections enhance the chances of a successful resolution.



Your identity is protected because each of our recovery tags has an individual serial number with our 24/7 call center contact information, instead of your name & address.



Our security tags drastically reduce the risk of permanently losing your valuable items and therefore having to replace your missing items.



When your item is located, the recovery tag advises the finder about the reward and how to contact our call center 24/7 from anywhere in the world.



Our price includes endless search, recoveries, and rewards per tag. Just one recovery of a missing item will pay for the entire service and more. A small investment goes a long way in protecting your valuable items.



Your property is protected for life of the item with unlimited recoveries.



90% of thieves avoid property with security decals. Plus, our recovery tags’ unique serial number allows law enforcement agencies to identify you as the rightful owner of your stolen item.



Your case never goes cold with Search and Return. We are always searching.

Lifetime protection of your property starts at $9.99.

At these prices, how can you go wrong?

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