My friend had her purse stolen. She had parked her car in an out of the way place in a local state park's parking lot. The park recreational area was situated a long way from the parking lot and by parking it where she did in the large parking lot, there were few cars nearby. She did this to prevent someone from crashing into her nice little Miata. She then left her purse in the car, under the seat. She had her car locked and her keys with her.
The thief broke a window, got into the car and found her purse. In her purse was about $40, her credit cards, driver's license, and Social Security Card. She had used her birth month and day as her pin number for her debit card so basically they had everything they needed to ruin her credit.
It has taken years to refute all of the phony bank accounts, bad checks, loans, plane tickets, etc. that the thieves were able to use with her information.
As soon as she saw the car had been broken in to she called the police from her cell phone, then drove home and notified her credit card company, bank and everyone she could think of.
What is important about this is with the loss your driver's license number and social security number, your identity belongs to whoever stole it. Be careful who you give this information to and make sure that you always keep those two cards in different places.
Susan from ThriftyFun