Having your purse stolen can be a huge hassle, as well as an uncomfortable invasion of privacy. Many personal items, such as keys, drivers licences with full name and address, cell phones, and credit cards or debit cards are commonly carried in a purse, and having these things taken by a stranger can be very upsetting.
If your purse is stolen, it is important to act quickly in order to protect yourself. Take the following tips to minimize being further victimized after your purse is stolen:
Contact Your Bank and Credit Card Companies Immediately
Unfortunately, there are many criminals that have no issue with stealing credit cards or debit cards and racking up huge charges. While most financial institutions offer protection for customers against fraud and theft, if your purse is stolen you need to contact the financial institutions that you have accounts with as quickly as possibly, Cancelling your cards right away will prevent a thief from being able to use your money or credit to make purchases.
Consider Re-Keyng the Locks in Your Home
It is really scary to think about a criminal having your keys, as well as your drivers license with your name and home address on it. For your own peace of mind, it is in your best interest to hire locksmith services to re-key the locks in your home after your purse is stolen with your keys in it. It typically doesn't take too much time for a locksmith to re-key locks, and it is well worth the financial investment to ensure the safety of you and your family if a criminal has access to your house keys.
Don't Forget to Replace Your Mailbox Lock
While you have a locksmith on site re-keying the locks in your home, don't forget to replace your mailbox lock as well. Identity theft is a crime that can wreak havoc in your life, and if a criminal has access to your drivers license and your mail, he or she can cause a lot of damage. Changing the lock on your mailbox will ensure that the person who stole your purse, has your keys, and a copy of your drivers license isn't able to get a hold of financial statements or personal offers for credit cards or other lines of credit.
Contact Credit Reporting Agencies
If a thief has access to personal information about yourself, it is always a good idea to put a flag on your credit report. Doing so can prevent the criminal with your personal information from opening accounts and running up debt in your name.Share
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