Being a victim of a break-in can be unsettling for many to say the least.

 

For those who have been affected by a break-in and are having troubles dealing with the crime afterward, one expert says the healing process begins by talking about it.  

"We can get together and sit and talk to them because your house is where you feel the safest," explained Judy Nelson with Big Country Victim Services. "To go into your house and someone has been in there and you don't know what they have touched, it can really have an impact on you."

Nelson added that a common reaction is for victims to prepare to move.

"It is better to work with them, if there is really bad issues we recommend seeing a counselor," said Nelson. "What we like to do is go to their home and show them different ways to make it harder for someone to break in. A lot of times we can take an officer with us."

If the victim is living in a rental and the homeowner is unwilling to make necessary safety adjustments, Nelson would encourage the victim to move.

"We try to make it feel safer for them and see what their insurance company can do to help, that sort of thing."

Big Country Victim Services can be contacted at (403)-823-4233.

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