Your house isn’t going to catch on fire, right? Well, you hope not, so maybe you even fool yourself into believing it can’t happen. But I’ll bet you have fire insurance, and maybe a collapsible escape ladder, and a fire extinguisher or two. I have all this, and I also back up all my digital data in the cloud, including pictures and documents.
And I have a fire-resistant safe.
All this preparation is so that if there ever is a fire, I can reduce or eliminate any risks to lives and valuables.
Most documentation is replaceable, but certain things are not. Sometimes, when documentation is replaceable, getting duplicates can be a nightmare.
Mementos: Photos, love letters, children’s drawings, and so on. You probably have a box full of things that you like to browse through every ten years or so. Or photo albums on a shelf. If these items were incinerated, you’d be very unhappy.
Insurance papers: Home, auto, life, health, and business insurance papers should be protected.
Health related information: if you have health issues and multiple files, records, and prescriptions, they should be protected.
Financials: Documentation regarding investments, bank account numbers, stocks, bonds and coins should be protected.
Wallet: Photocopy everything in your wallet front and back and put the copy and extra credit cards and cash should be protected.
Identification: Birth certificates, passports, driver’s licenses, Social Security cards, insurance cards, and any other identifying documents should be protected.
Titles: Deeds, boat, and automobile titles should be protected.
Wills: Any and all documentation related to a will should be protected.
Jewelry: Most insurance providers require a safe in order to obtain insurance coverage.
Extras: I have an extra passport, extra credit cards, extras set of keys, extra emergency cash, and extra identification, all protected in my safe.
ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His "tell it like it is" style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment's notice on breaking news.
- Do You Own a Safe? Why Not?
Approximately two million homes are burglarized every year. That’s one home every fifteen seconds or so. Police only catch one out of ten burglars, which means the bad guys do it over and over again. Burglaries result in over $4.5 billion in losses annually, or over $2000 for the average victim. A safe can be had
- Lost and Stolen Wallets Lead To Identity Theft
A friend called me in a panic because she had lost her wallet, which contained her driver’s license, credit cards, debit card, store cards, and her Social Security card. (You should never carry your Social Security card or Social Security number in your purse or wallet.) Anyway, she was freaked out and wanted to know what to
- Never put these Docs in your Wallet
Yes, believe it or not, you CAN get by in life with a wallet that just has a little cash, a store card or two, one to two credit cards and your ID. Unless you absolutely need your insurance card or Social Security card, leave those items at home. For years now, wallets have been on
- The Scourge of Medical Identity Theft
Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert Medical identity theft can make you sick. As I once eloquently explained on CBS’s Early Show, if medical identity theft happens to you, “you’re screwed.” And it’s true. Medical identity theft occurs when the perpetrator uses your name and, in some cases, other aspects of your identity, such as insurance information, to obtain medical
- What is a mobile wallet?
Some say there will be a day when the wallet you carry in your pocket or purse will become obsolete. Technology is evolving in a way that will likely eliminate all our credit cards, store cards, and IDs. We will use our mobile devices as our primary means of commerce and identification. The technology behind
Leave a Comment
You must be logged in to post a comment.