You may have read what to do AFTER your wallet is lost or stolen. But, what steps can you take to arm yourself beforehand? By taking a few preventive measures, you’ll be in a better circumstance should your wallet come up missing.
Steps You Can Take:
Take a look at what you currently have in your wallet. Does it contain every single piece of plastic you own? Is your wallet overloaded with membership cards, receipts and other pieces of identification? Most of us use one card the majority of the time. Remove from your wallet the debit and credit cards you don’t normally use. Carry your primary card along with a back-up for emergencies. Also remove anything that could assist a thief. Keep important passwords, social security numbers, addresses and any other personal information filed safely at home.
If It’s Important, Scan It
Every significant item in your wallet should be scanned into your computer. Do this every few months. As noted in wisebread.com, consider scanning these important pieces:
- Driver’s License
- Credit Cards
- Health Insurance Cards
- Prescription Cards
- Gift Cards
- Membership Cards
It’s also convenient to have smartphone access to a list of things you’ve scanned from your wallet. By having a list available, you’re able to know instantly what’s missing. You can also access relevant numbers directly. If you do choose to save a copy of scanned items on your smartphone, ensure the file is password protected first.
Search For A Lost Wallet App
There seems to be an application for every purpose, including your wallet. A quick search on your smartphone will find several applications, some free, to help manage the contents of your wallet. Choose an app that can automatically copy the contents of your wallet, and store the data via a protected password. Some apps even provide a list emergency numbers in case your wallet is stolen.