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Have you ever had your wallet lost or stolen in Zürich?

. . . . . well I have today - almost certainly stolen but just possibly lost.
It`s that sinking feeling that occurs at the point of realisation of it not being there - it`s a shi**er.
I guess this happens every day to someone or other but as I did learn a couple of things - I thought I would share them in case anyone else may find them of use.
So what do you do when you find yourself in town - no money, no cards, no GA card?
Well first of all, you shout the words F**k, F**k, F**k, in an extremely loud voice but be careful not to make eye contact with either children or old people when you do this, as it may cause them distress and alarm.
Then - go to the Stadtspolizei at 105 Militärstrasse where you can report the event.
Those ever so friendly Police chaps will not only supply you with a list of freephone numbers for all banks at which to cancel your cards - they even let you use their phone.
However don`t push it, as I did and ask for tea and biscuits as their surprising hospitality can evaporate rather quickly.
Then you can go to your bank if it is open (Postbank for me) and as long as you have your passport, they will let you draw cash on your account.
After that - you could go to the HB kundeservice desk where for a mere 5chf they will issue you with a temporary GA replacement card.
So then you have some cash plus means of getting home.
Finally - as I suspect my wallet wnet missing during my journey from work - I went to the SBB lost and found in the HB where they give you the info to register on-line anything lost - then it was on to the ZVV lost and found office at Werdmülestrasse 10 (near the HB).
Of course all this only gets you over the immediate needs but at least it gets you home - the real problems start with getting new drivers licence, krankenversicherungs card etc etc . . . for that - you just have to suck it up. Could be worse I guess..
It did actually make me think, that I always have too many cards etc that I so rarely use, so from now . . . I am going minimal.
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Old 25.09.2012, 01:06
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Re: Have you ever had your wallet lost or stolen in Zürich?

another tip is to memorise your banking details so that if you're left with nothing, you can still walk into a bank and get money out. i successfully did this in the UK, but i guess i should test to see if it works in switzerland...
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Old 25.09.2012, 02:28
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Re: Have you ever had your wallet lost or stolen in Zürich?

What happens when your bag gets stolen with your wallet AND your phone AND your passport AND your house/car keys?

Shitty thought...
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another tip is to memorise your banking details so that if you're left with nothing, you can still walk into a bank and get money out. i successfully did this in the UK, but i guess i should test to see if it works in switzerland...
Forget it, doesn't work.
A friend of mine had her bank card, had the right answers to the security questions, the login and all the details to her internet banking, they didn't give her any cash without ID.
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Old 25.09.2012, 02:35
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What happens when your bag gets stolen with your wallet AND your phone AND your passport AND your house/car keys?

Shitty thought...
You alls chould get kidnaped with your wallet AND your passport AND your house/car keys! Bummer
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. . . . . well I have today - almost certainly stolen but just possibly lost.
It`s that sinking feeling that occurs at the point of realisation of it not being there - it`s a shi**er.
I guess this happens every day to someone or other but as I did learn a couple of things - I thought I would share them in case anyone else may find them of use.
So what do you do when you find yourself in town - no money, no cards, no GA card?
Well first of all, you shout the words F**k, F**k, F**k, in an extremely loud voice but be careful not to make eye contact with either children or old people when you do this, as it may cause them distress and alarm.
Then - go to the Stadtspolizei at 105 Militärstrasse where you can report the event.
Those ever so friendly Police chaps will not only supply you with a list of freephone numbers for all banks at which to cancel your cards - they even let you use their phone.
However don`t push it, as I did and ask for tea and biscuits as their surprising hospitality can evaporate rather quickly.
Then you can go to your bank if it is open (Postbank for me) and as long as you have your passport, they will let you draw cash on your account.
After that - you could go to the HB kundeservice desk where for a mere 5chf they will issue you with a temporary GA replacement card.
So then you have some cash plus means of getting home.
Finally - as I suspect my wallet wnet missing during my journey from work - I went to the SBB lost and found in the HB where they give you the info to register on-line anything lost - then it was on to the ZVV lost and found office at Werdmülestrasse 10 (near the HB).
Of course all this only gets you over the immediate needs but at least it gets you home - the real problems start with getting new drivers licence, krankenversicherungs card etc etc . . . for that - you just have to suck it up. Could be worse I guess..
It did actually make me think, that I always have too many cards etc that I so rarely use, so from now . . . I am going minimal.
You should hold out hope. I have had a couple of similiar experiences, once I left my backpack on the train with over 300 CHf, and a host of important personal details, including house keys and my home address in the bag. For 25 chf charge, I recovered the bag at the claims office at the HB, when I returned from out of town. With every last thing inside. And this wasn't the only time. I think something will turn up. Good luck to you though. I can offer you a drink if that were to help.
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Old 25.09.2012, 06:26
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Re: Have you ever had your wallet lost or stolen in Zürich?

I've had it stolen twice. Insurance doesn't cover cash, by the way.

If you don't have ID and thus no way to get money, a copy of the police report suffices to get you home on the SBB. No charge!
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Re: Have you ever had your wallet lost or stolen in Zürich?

I had it stolen at the SBB ticket counter at Zurich airport, last year. Fortunately it was just AFTER I bought the the ticket home.

I realised immediately that the guy who had brushed past me while leaving the line was 'the' guy - but he was nowhere in sight. Went to the police at the first (or was it second?) floor, and they gave me form to fill up. Also politely told me that I could do so at my local commune police counter also.

Lost all credit cards, driving licence, Permit B + a pretty packet of cash.

Reached home and called to block all cards - including two form my home country - and was told that transactions were attempted within a few minutes of the theft at DIFFERENT ATMs in ZRH vicinity.

The best part is thet the only card on which I lost money was the SBB Bonus Card - the home country cards denied the transactions!
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Bummer Basher
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Any news love? Sorry for your troubles.
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Re: Have you ever had your wallet lost or stolen in Zürich?

If it happened near Central/the HB, it was stolen...I've seen it happen few times around there already
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Any news love? Sorry for your troubles.
Thanks for that, no news yet - I went back to the Police station today and also the lost and found.
They told me that if it turns up - it is often after a couple of days.
I`m not expecting anything - but you never know.
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Re: Have you ever had your wallet lost or stolen in Zürich?

hmm heard once...
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