2. Protect your identity and finances
You'll also need to take some preventive measures for your personal identity and finances if items stolen from your car contained sensitive information, such as your address, birthdate, or even a Social Security number. If a thief obtains such information, it can potentially be used to steal your identity or open up other accounts in your name.
The best way to protect yourself is to place a fraud alert on your credit report through any of the major reporting bureaus (Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax). You only need to contact one; they will then contact the other 2. This helps prevent identity theft by requiring your identity to be verified anytime a new account is opened in your name. It’s not guaranteed, though, as some creditors may not conduct a thorough check before opening a new line of credit.
Likewise, if any credit cards or debit cards were stolen from your vehicle during the break-in, be sure to reach out to your banks immediately to have the cards deactivated before the thief can make purchases or withdraw funds from your accounts.
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