Safeguard Important Papers

Keep important papers and personal identity items safe from theft.

Some financial documents, passports, extra credit cards and other important papers should be kept in a safe place in your home where they cannot be easily stolen.

While the back of your sock drawer might be handy, the best spot in your home would be a fireproof safe that is secured to the floor.

Don’t have one of those? Well, you’ll have to come up with a different spot. The worst hiding spot will be one that is really easy to guess and close to an outside door.

If you have roommates or other people in your home a lot of the time, you may want to invest in a bank safety deposit box. They aren’t that expensive. Many bank branches do not offer safety deposit boxes, but some of the older ones do.

Your goal is to simply make it harder for the theft of these items to occur. You want to protect these documents from the casual thief.

Most amateur thieves aren’t interested in anything that isn’t cash or can be easily exchanged for cash, but if they see a credit card or passport lying around, they’ll grab that as well.

Wherever you decide to keep your important stuff, there is one more thing you need to do. You need to let one or more family members know where it is.

If it’s a safe, they need to know the combination. And if it’s a safety deposit box, they need to know where the key is.

And don’t forget about protecting your stuff when you’re away from home. You need to be careful at work too.

When you’re at work, try to either lock up your purse or keep it as safe as possible. Don’t leave anything valuable or interesting out in the open that might tempt someone to take something.

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