- Because we have every single thing we own listed with our insurance agent, I wish I had my jewelry photographed (not on my stolen laptop) for the police. Either way, I only had a few precious pieces and I remember every single one.
- Serial numbers on electronics are key for tracking stolen merchandise. We have them and although we may not retrieve our items, register these numbers immediately with Apple and Prey Project. You can download an app that tracks your iPad. I wish there was one to make it explode (sorry).
- Our double pane windows have great locks, but we added wooden sticks to every sliding track. A little inexpensive protection.
- They probably walked right into our backyard because we don't have a lock on the gate. Now we do.
- Luckily, these strangers didn't take our passports or social security cards after handling them, but this little experience forced me to put them in a new location. I'm ready for a European vacation at a moment's notice.
- I had just worked on two files for work the night before and they were in draft form. They're now gone. My only recommendation is Dropbox. Put everything into Dropbox.
- Suspect everyone. They say it's someone you know but be careful what you share with contractors, what you put on your own blog and what you say to your neighbors.
- I'm pretty sure that I had personal information on that laptop. Get your bank on the phone ASAP to make sure their guard is up for any suspicious activity (Beverages and More doesn't count this weekend), and make sure you call a credit tracking service like Equifax.
- Alarm system. Coming in this week.
It's just stuff and we'll be ok. We always bounce back. But if there's anything that I can take away from this little ordeal is to be prepared for earthquakes, floods, death and burglars stealing your stuff!
Still not ok.