We've Been Robbed!
September 24, 2004 12:43 AM Subscribe
So we were burglarized sometime today while we were at work. My wife came home and found the front door open and the rooms completely tossed, just like in the movies. In some ways we're counting ourselves lucky, because they only took two cameras, a couple bottles of vodka, and our fire safe. On the other hand, the safe contained basically everything about us- our passports, our Social Security cards, marriage certificate, titles to the condo and car, photocopies of our credit cards(in case the originals were stolen, natch), bank account info, etc. Two questions: 1) are we fucked? 2) burglar alarm systems...yea or nay? [mi]
I just spent the last 5 hours or so changing all the locks in my condo, adding a new heavy deadbolt to the wooden gate at the top of the back steps that open onto our back porch, and adding two new heavy-duty window locks to the kitchen window that the bastards used to climb in through, as well as a homemade improvised window jamb to keep it from being forced open even if they managed to break the locks.
Question 1: We've already called the credit card companies and the bank, as well as the credit bureaus. I know we can get replacements for the passports, marriage and drivers licenses and titles, and I've found info online about getting a new SS card, but just how fucked are we? While I was on the phone with one of the CC companies, the thieves tried to charge something to the card I was calling about, and although it was immediately shut down I'm worried that with our SS numbers and tons of other identifying information they can make things very miserable for a long time, maybe the rest of our lives. Is this so? Anyone have any experience with identity theft?
Question 2: All of the police who showed up (two beat cops who were very polite and professional, two evidence investigators, and a campus police oficer [we live in Hyde Park in Chicago, near the University of Chicago]) told us the best thing is to install an alarm system. I've done a little looking in the last 15 minutes and the prices aren't THAT horrible, but is it worth it?
Sorry for the long-winded post....