Being burgled can be psychologically devastating for victims, not just because of the value of stolen items, but for the greater loss of treasured memories associated with keepsakes whether or not they are insured. Many people report sleep loss, feelings of impotent rage or personal invasion as well as weakened self-esteem following break-ins and losses to thieves.

Reactions vary with the individual – sometimes the psychological trauma takes a while to set in but can cause ongoing stress leading to difficulties with jobs and partners. The crucial thing is to be aware that these reactions are normal in the wake of all criminal events, and to understand that this is the cause of the way you are feeling so you aren’t tempted to take it out on others or yourself.

Talk it Out

How you react to a crime depends on your state of mind at the time it occurred, the severity of the loss, whether you know or suspect you know who committed the theft, the support you get (or don't get) from family, friends or police and, of course, events of the past that you may still be coping with. Most people recover more quickly from the loss of replaceable items such as home entertainment systems and vehicles, since insurance will likely cover them and you might even hope to get a more up to date model. However the laptop containing sensitive information or the final chapters of your novel, and the pearls once worn by a beloved relative at a royal ball can never be taken lightly, and no doubt you will be hard on yourself that it was ever allowed to happen.

One of the things that makes crime so hard to cope with is knowing that it was deliberately committed by another person with the intention to cause harm and with no regard for your attachment to stolen items or how hard you worked to get them. But the longer negative emotions drag on the more damage it will do to your sense of well-being. Friends and family may be helpful at first, but if your condition persists they may eventually wish you would just get over it. For this reason, it very much helps to talk about your feelings and help ‘locate’ your anger in terms of the specific event and its ramifications.

It is important to know is that all crime victims go through the same pattern of alternate rage and vulnerability, and thus the best decision you can make if your reaction is ongoing is to join a victim’s support group and discuss your feelings with others who have gone through something similar. Groups vary according to the crime, but there are many of them and thus it is in your best interest to find the one that fits your experience, even if you only need to visit a few times.

Self-esteem Boosts with Improved Security

However there are also practical measures you can take to boost self-esteem and ward off future worries about being victimised once again. London Metropolitan police urge people to guard especially against bogus callers who may appear to be on official business from otherwise trustworthy concerns such as utility companies or the Council. Often they claim to be workmen sent to carry out urgent repairs, but are in fact thieves checking to find out what times you are most likely to be in, and peeping from hallways or windows to see what you have that would be ripe for the picking. Always ask for proof of identity and, if you are still unsure, ring 999 and ask for police.

However the most important thing you can do for yourself to recover your psychological edge is to investigate any weaknesses in your home security system and contact a professional locksmith such as metrolocks.co.uk locksmiths London, who can help you diagnose your security concerns over the phone and even provide a free estimate. You’ll feel proud of yourself once more when you know you’ve taken steps never to be victimised again.

Author's Bio: 

My name's Bill and I'm a blog writer who specialises on health and business matters. I enjoy sharing the knowledge I have learned from working within the medical services.