May 31, 2016
“How Can I Help My Neighbors Get Over A Burglary?”
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Marissa, a Piper user and concerned neighbor, wrote in to us with a question about how to deal with the aftermath of a burglary:
My neighbors, who I’ve become quite close to over the past few years, recently suffered a break-in that’s left them feeling uncomfortable in their own home. We used to speak frequently as we’d bump into each other, but lately they’ve seemed quite short with conversation and kind of tense. What makes things worse is that they’ve got 3 young children as well who have become friendly with my own and I’m not sure they feel like our neighborhood is a safe place for their family anymore. I feel quite badly that they have to go through something like this, and would like to get your opinion on how I should interact with them so that they don’t feel like I’m prying or just making them uncomfortable.
I’m so saddened to hear about what happened to your neighbors. Burglaries are a difficult thing to go through and, as you can imagine, it’s a devastating feeling to be uncomfortable in your own home- especially when you’ve got young children to take care of!
It’s great that you’re looking for ways to help them feel more secure and confident in their neighborhood again. Anybody would be lucky to have a neighbor like you!
Only you can get a sense for when your neighbors are ready to talk about what happened, so I can’t really suggest whether or not asking any questions is a good idea at this stage.
What you can do is offer to help them in anyway they need. Whether it’s offering to watch over their place, recommending security systems, or just listening to how they feel.
Good luck to you, and I hope they find peace in their home again!