Thursday, April 23, 2009

Making Lemonade

Yesterday I made a huge, thoughtless and obvious mistake- I left my purse in my locked car while I ran into a design shop. Surprise, surprise, my car was broken into and the purse absconded with. It kills me to think of my fave purse and all of it's crucial contents no longer being in my possession.... and it's also really painful to realize how dumb and avoidable the mistake was!

So to make lemonade out of this lemon of a story, here are some precautions that can be taken to lessen the panic or avoid this situation completely:
  • Photocopy everything in your wallet, front and back, and keep in a safe place other than your purse or wallet. It makes the list of phone calls and credit card cancellations that much more efficient.

  • Besides photocopying your drivers license, it's good to have another back up ID like a passport. I would be lost without mine right now.

  • List or photocopy all gift cards, making note of their serial numbers. Most stores can re-issue them if they have this proof.

  • Carry your checkbook and debit card separately. Had I done this, I could have simply re-ordered a new debit card. Instead, I had to totally change my checking account and will have to contact everyone/company that automatic payments are made to so they will go through.

  • Get a mailbox with a lock. When you re-order your drivers license, new cards and checks you want to make sure the thief can't get to these too. Remember- if he/she has your drivers license, they have your address. Another option is to have things shipped to a different secure location, like your office or a P.O. Box.

  • Write down the serial numbers of anything that has one- your purse, your wallet, your cell phone, camera, etc. You can submit anything with a serial number to the police so it can be traced more easily.

  • Don't carry anything with your social security number on it. Most people don't, but you never know. I put a fraud alert on mine with all three credit bureaus immediately just for the extra protection.

  • And the lesson that I should have known.... don't leave purses or valuables in the car! Even if they are not in plain sight, a thief could see you walk into a store without a purse and assume your lovely handbag is still in the car... oh how hindsight is 20/20!

Luckily, everything is replaceable and the things taken are just things. Slightly inconvenient to replace things, but still just things. So please learn from my mistake and carry those purses with you... they are meant to be fashion, not car, accessories after all!


Michelle said...

CRAP!! sorry for you...thanks for the advice :) I'll do it.

Michelle :)

vicki archer said...

So sorry - what an absolute disaster. Off to the photocopier now..., xv.

Stacey said...

Now I don't feel so silly for giving my parents photocopies of all my id's/credit cards AND having a set at home for myself! Hope this is just a minor headache and you get a cute replacement purse as your "lemonade"??

Courtney said...

Oh, I am so sorry! These are all great reminders and things I really do need to do.

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