Certain items like our phone, wallet and keys can be very important items in our day-to-day lives. Losing these items can be a great inconvenience and could even pose a security risk if your item falls into the wrong hands. Below are a few ways to protect yourself against the loss of precious items in your life.
When it comes to items that are expensive to replace, consider whether insurance is worthwhile. Most home insurance plans come with contents insurance – if your items are stolen or damaged in a fire, you can receive compensation for them, allowing you to afford replacements. When buying a new phone or a new laptop, you can also take out insurance on this device, which could be useful if you’ve got a history of losing devices.
Track your items
When losing a phone, there are often measures you can take to track it down via GPS (providing it is still turned on). You can also buy bluetooth stickers to put on your possessions such as your keys, glasses or handbag – this allows you to track them down if you ever lose them.
Know who to call
When you lose an item, you may need to make a few emergency calls. For instance, when losing keys, having the number for a locksmith could be handy. If you lose a bank card, it could be essential that you notify your bank straight away – particularly as most modern cards are contactless.
Put them on a chain
Some people keep their keys on a chain attached to their jeans or jacket to keep them safe. Other valuables may be able to be put on a chain in a similar fashion. Some people also wear glasses on a chain to prevent them from losing them.
Keep them in a safe place
Items should be stored in a secure and memorable place so that you can always find them. Many people end up losing their passport or other important documents in their home simply because they don’t choose a memorable place. At the same time, you want to make sure that valuable items aren’t kept in easy reach of thieves – it’s not sensible to store keys in a bowl near an open window.
Make a spare copy
In some cases, it may be useful to have a spare that you can rely on. Most people have a spare key, which is kept somewhere safe. You should also consider spare copies of documents like passports when travelling – if you lose these documents, it will be much easier to claim new ones if you have a spare copy.
If you’re very forgetful, consider getting into the habit of checking your pockets or bag for your important items every time you leave somewhere. Create a mental checklist that you can tick off. A physical checklist could be useful when it comes to remembering lots of items – a lot of new parents find it beneficial to create checklists on their phones so that they don’t forget any baby items like bottles, nappies and wipes.