Despite your very best efforts, a break-in can occur in your home while you are away on vacation. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to secure your home even if you are thousands of miles away. Use this guide to help make sure your home is safe and secure until you get home.

Ask A Friend Or Neighbor To Speak With Police

Once your security company has called to alert you of the break-in, contact a friend or neighbor to speak with the police. Typically, your security company will call the police to notify them of the crime after contacting you. Your friend can then call the police to file the police report. Make sure that the person you choose does not enter the home until the police say it's safe. The last thing you want to do is to ask a friend to enter the home while the burglar is still present. Ask the friend to give the home a quick look to determine if anything noticeable is missing so the information can be entered into the police report. He or she should also take pictures of the damage to the home.

Contact Your Insurance Agent

You will need to file a claim with your insurance company as quickly as possible. Have any pictures taken of the home emailed to you so you can forward them to your agent along with the police report number. This will help to expedite your claim so you can be reimbursed for any missing items and the damage done to your home.

Call A Locksmith

Your locksmith can board up any windows or glass doors that were broken to help secure the home until you arrive. If your locks were picked to enter the home, have the locksmith replace your locks and leave a set of the new keys with the friend or neighbor of your choosing. You may want to ask to have an extra deadbolt added to each of your entry doors if you don't already have them to make a second break-in attempt more difficult. Once you return home, talk to your locksmith, one like Anderson Lock & Safe, LLC, about other security measures you can take to secure your home.

Notify Your Homeowner's Association

If you live in a home or condominium with a homeowner's association, call the office as soon as possible to let them know there has been a break-in in the neighborhood. They may want to undertake extra security measures to ensure that no other homes in the area are burglarized. Provide the management with photos of what occurred along with the police report so they can best determine what steps to take.

Of course, you'll probably want to return home as quickly as possible, but make sure you take these steps before you book a return flight back home.