In the aftermath of losing items of utmost importance, the devastation brought upon your life can potentially take years to recover from. Wallet or purse, home and car keys and cell phones are crucial elements of modern living that, if lost or stolen, can be turned against us in pernicious ways. Reverse and prevent the damage by swiftly implementing these tips in the case of having these essential items burglarized or missing.
Wallets are the most cataclysmic item to lose on this list. Driver’s license, insurance information and credit cards are likely to disappear along with your wallet. The loss of this vital information is ammunition for identity theft in the wrong hands. Researching LifeLock on Twitter and understanding their services, or other identity theft protection companies, can keep your identity with you and you alone. Investopedia suggests contacting your insurance providers and credit card companies to bring them up to speed on the matter and request backup cards. A new license can be acquired at the local DMV.
Losing the keys to your home is perhaps one of the most momentarily stressful but easily fixed losses. Locked outside of your sanctuary and the one place you can unwind, what are you to do? Assuming that you don’t possess a spare key, call 411 to connect you to a certified locksmith to address the situation. Don’t make the same mistake twice—have a spare key made to store in either your wallet, car or with a family member. If you fear that your key may be discovered and used by a person of malicious intent, the locksmith can always completely replace the locks, suggests Home Security Advice. Adding dead bolts is also a cheaper, viable solution. Installing a keypad to open your garage (if applicable) may be the most effective resolution. Notify neighbors of your situation if you deem them trustworthy.
Depending on the type of car key you lost—basic key, key fobs, laser-cut or smart keys—determines how much money and effort you’ll spend to return to status quo. A trip to the car dealership may be the obvious first move, but locksmiths usually provide cheaper service. Aftermarket electronic key fobs or remotes can also be obtained online or from a locksmith. Check your owner’s manual to see if you can program it yourself to avoid a programming fee at the dealership.
Lost Cell Phone
The severity of losing a cell phone is also dependent on type and how technologically advanced it is. Anything less than a smart phone won’t cause too many issues besides your lost contacts. If an altruist happens to discover your phone, make sure that the wallpaper on your lock-screen displays your name, phone number and email so that the do-gooder can easily return it to you. With newer Apple devices and Androids, use the Find My iPhone or Where’s My Droid applications to find your phone using GPS. If there’s no way to locate your phone, contact your cellular carrier to deactivate the SIM card, according to LiveScience. Changing all passwords connected to the sites you often access is a surefire way to guard your personal information. Talk to a representative at your carrier’s store to find the best and cheapest way in proceeding to obtain a new smartphone.