While I was walking in the street, somebody carrying a laptop bag bumped into me, and the next day I found out that my storage unit was burglarized and some important items were stolen.
My storage unit door uses a magnetic-stripe card without a PIN, and I have several important items there. The items don't include money or anything that has intrinsic value itself, but they could be important to some parties.
I do realize my mistake, I shouldn't have trusted a storage unit with important items. I should have stored them in a deposit box in a bank.
To help you guys help me, I'll try to give as much information about the situation as possible:
- I vividly remember his bag hitting my back pocket in an unnatural way.
- I immediately checked my wallet after the bump, I made sure my ID, money, and the card were there.
- The stolen items are of some importance to some people and they would hire PI.
- I've already informed the police and filed a report.
- The security cameras in the storage area hallway show a masked person opening the door normally, and there are no signs of forced entry.
My question is: Could that person have cloned my card when he bumped into me? Is it really as easy as touching the person's pocket? Does the process really take that small amount of time (1-2 seconds)?
Update: After investigation it turned out that the card has an RFID tag inside it, but the storage space operators didn't know about it. It was there just in case they wanted to change the locks to support RFID. The magnetic stripe and the RFID tag both contained the same data, so the thief copied the RFID tag and made a new magnetic card with the information.
Yesterday the police caught the thief after catching the person who hired him trying to sell the items to a blackmarket honeypot operated by the police. I identified the thief as the person who bumped into me and he later admitted.