Purse Security Tips: Beware of What You Carry in Your Purse/What’s Wrong With This Picture

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When a purse or wallet is lost or stolen, the victim can be overwhelmed by all of the items they realized they have lost. Many people lose small amounts of cash, driver’s licenses, gifts cards, credit cards, and other identification. The list below suggest items you might NOT want to carry in your purse, to minimize your losses. If you DO carry the items below, you need to take extra measures to make sure your purse is not stolen or forgotten. Never leave your purse unattended in a public place, keep your purse closed and attached to your person in some way so that it cannot be lifted while you are preoccupied.

Purse left unattended at Greens Park at Olive Street and Douglas Avenue with the owner about 30 yards away from the purse — as visible from a telephoto lens over 100 yards away. It would be easy for a thief to spot the purse and walk up to the purse and run away or cycle away with the purse.

The List
Excessive cash is not needed. You might want to have enough cash to post bond, so you don’t have to give up your driver’s license in case of a traffic citation. Carrying a lot of cash could cause very high loss. If the wad of cash is spotted by a violent offender, you could be exposed to risk of a violent armed robbery.

Your checkbook should be in a secure location at home, such as a safe. Your checkbook contains your name, address, bank account numbers, and bank name. If offenders get your checks, they could clear out your bank account.

Extra credit cards are not needed. If your wallet is stolen, you have that much more hassle changing credit cards numbers. If the crooks rack up a high balance that hits your cre

Security experts recommend you don’t carry your Social Security Card in your purse. Of course, this means it needs to be in a very secure place at your residence in a safe, or at a safety deposit box.

Photos of children can be risky to carry if photos show where they go to school, or where they participate in youth athletics. Criminals could use the information to plan an abduction or scam involving the children.

Don’t keep a list of passwords in your purse or wallet.


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