Advice after local theft
I walk my dog near the highway. Recently, a young man stopped to chat. While he distracted me, someone entered my home and stole my purse and new HP laptop. Not a nice thing to do!
After this frustrating, annoying, time-consuming, very expensive and inconvenient learning experience, here are some words of warning:
1. Keep only necessities in your purse or wallet. You’ll have enough problems replacing essential items (like your driver’s license).
2. Keep a list of those essentials with numbers, contact information, etc., so you can cancel most of them immediately.
3. Keep track of all your keys; you may need new locks. A locksmith on speed-dial is a good thought.
4. Have enough carefully stashed cash or protected credit to use while new checks and credit or debit cards are issued. Incidentally, debit cards may need PIN numbers, but some are also credit cards with no PIN required.
5. If your car has “smart keys,” stash a spare “chipped” key. Otherwise, if the keys are stolen, your car may have to be towed to the dealership for key replacement — inconvenient and very expensive.
6. A GPS locator is a good idea, but I didn’t think that was necessary in my own home. A well-placed game camera could prove helpful.
7. An “app” for your computer that causes it to scream like a 2-year-old, call the police, then fry the mother board would be useful. Unfortunately, I didn’t have one of those.
I’m worn out from hours on the telephone and running errands to replace stolen items, so I’m going to walk my dog.
To the young man and his helper: You probably think your scheme was clever and successful, but eventually you reap what you sow, so watch out. (Your mothers must be proud.)