How to move on after your home is burgled

Having your home robbed is a distressing experience.

When your home is burgled you may feel a loss of control or peace, explains behavioural psychologist Dr Helgo Schomer.

Dr Schomer says that when a person's home is broken into, they take physical, mental and emotional strain.

He advises that if families do not deal with the trauma of a house break-in they will never be free from feeling defenseless.

There's a feeling of contamination in your space. If you don't deal with your feelings, distrust and vulnerability will fester.

Dr Helgo Schomer, behavioural psychologist

Dr Schomer says these are some of the feelings experienced after a burglary:

  • disturbed sleep
  • paranoia
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • hyper-vigilance, 'jumpiness' or 'edginess'
  • exhaustion
  • lack of concentration
  • withdrawal
  • helplessness
  • resentment towards authorities

He says the trauma of the incident cannot simply be dealt with by re-locating or tightening security.

We need to deal with what's going on inside of you, instead of just the physical surrounds.

Dr Helgo Schomer, behavioural psychologist

Dr Schomer emphasises that victims of house break-ins must report the incident to law enforcement, talk to close loved one's and seek professional help.

Take a listen to his expert advice:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : How to move on after your home is burgled


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