Car break-in. Help!

Apple / Eng pMoI16
Feb 3 43 Comments

Somebody broke-into our car while we had street-parked it in the city and stole our backpacks. Apart from our work laptops, we lost some electronics ( Airpods etc.) and my wife’s jewellery. We’ve estimated our personal loss to be ~$2k (excluding laptops). Wondering if we should claim it against our home insurance? Our policy has a $500 deductible and we’re worried if filing a claim will bump the premium.

We’re also terrified as my backpack had our tax documents with our SSNs, address and other sensitive information. So far, we’ve placed a credit alert with the bureaus and changed all our bank passwords. What else should we do to safeguard ourselves against potential financial losses? Please help!

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    • Dropbox / Eng 100k🔗🐼
      Is it a status symbol? Hey look at me, I work at Microsoft FTE badge...you only have a contractor badge? What a scrub.
      Feb 4
    • Google / Eng hooli.xyz
      But why only Indians? You never see a white or Chinese guy on a cruise ship wearing a Microsoft or other corporate badge.

      It just looks so tacky.
      Feb 4
    • Dropbox / Eng 100k🔗🐼
      Secret tech caste system? 🤔
      Feb 4
    • New / Eng |l|l||l|l|
      Maybe they're on an off site and want a way to identify each other.
      Feb 4
    • Google / Eng hooli.xyz
      Could be, but unlikely. Off-sites on cruise ships are pretty rare. Spotty internet access and expensive ($50/hr per person). And the cruise ship going through different countries in Europe, which can be a nightmare for people with visas. Also this was a 2+ week cruise, too long for a typical offsite.
      Feb 4
  • New mdGG61
    How can you leave 5k in valuables inside a car in the city? Are you new here?
    Feb 3 0
  • Apple / Eng pMoI16
    OP
    Tenderloin. FML!
    Feb 3 4
    • Facebook bdelrio
      Omg the TL?? couldn’t you tell that was a bad idea just by looking around?! It’s hell on earth over there. Ugh. Not a great welcome to SF... 😕
      Feb 3
    • LinkedIn Shape of💩
      Right in the center of shit hole
      Feb 3
    • Google / Eng hooli.xyz
      What were you doing in the Tenderloin area in the first place? Were you looking to score some drugs or something?

      Hmm, your story sounds suspicious 😒
      Feb 4
    • LinkedIn Shape of💩
      So many good restaurants around that area. It’s not uncommon to go there.
      Feb 4
  • Microsoft Dr. Root
    I'm sorry for your loss. Also sign up for services that monitor your identity to safeguard against identity theft. Btw why on Earth would you keep electronics and jewellery in a street parked car?
    Feb 3 3
    • Apple / Eng pMoI16
      OP
      We’re new to the area and never thought it was so bad. Lesson learnt. For life.
      Feb 3
    • Apple / Eng BangOver
      In which area/state/country/continent is this a good idea?
      Feb 3
    • Amazon I'm fawked
      Atherton maybe
      Feb 3
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    • Oracle abrakazam
      You can't get SSN changed. Best bet is one of the monitoring services
      Feb 3
    • Apple / Eng pMoI16
      OP
      Filed a police report and informed our employers. As stupid as it sounds, can’t remember what other documents we had in there. Thinking of replacing our credit and debit cards.
      Feb 3
  • I always park in the garage when going to SF. $40 buys me a safe and peaceful mind.
    Feb 4 0
  • LinkedIn Shape of💩
    Which neighborhood did this happen?
    Feb 3 0
  • Facebook bdelrio
    I’ve been through this. Sounds like you’ve taken the right steps. If you haven’t filed your taxes for 2018 yet, you should also alert the IRS to avoid a false return being filed.

    Other than that, there’s not much you can do. But this info becoming public is unfortunately common now (think when Experian was hacked - 100M+ people’s info exposed), and our banks and credit bureaus have a lot more ways to protect us from the financial liabilities than in the past.

    You’ll be okay OP!!
    Feb 3 0
  • How the fuck did you leave valuable shit in your car? You deserved it to be jacked. Now depending on where it was, you could have run to an ATM and withdrew $100 and paid off some bums around who would have found the crackhead who still it for you in 12 minutes
    Feb 4 0
  • Bank of America Quackers
    Do you normally keep those documents in your backpack...
    Feb 4 0
  • Dropbox / Eng 100k🔗🐼
    Did they break into your trunk? Rule #1 of parking anywhere, never leave anything inside in plain sight.
    Feb 4 1
    • Amazon Jеff Bezоs
      They probably left their laptops and 💎 on the dashboard under the windshield.
      Feb 4
  • OmegaFi jorquart
    I'm sorry this happened but why I'm Earth are you carrying sensitive documents around?
    Feb 5 0
  • Amazon Username*
    Credit alert will prevent new accounts being opened in your name. I didn't see you mention it, but if any credit cards were in the car, call those banks to cancel the cards and send you a new card number.
    Most places don't even check your id when using a credit card.
    Feb 3 0
  • Twitter uSmC67
    I make it a rule to never leave anything in the car that would be a pain to be stolen. This includes anything with personal information, keys, etc
    Feb 3 0
  • Google masteratbs
    Welcome to the bay area
    Feb 3 0

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