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Opening the Doors to Healthier and Stress-Free Living

A Column by Alice Abbott-Moore,
Content Access/Information Delivery Teams, Ekstrom Library

According to an article in a recent issue of The Courier-Journal, "The Lost Wallet Blues," by Bill Wolfe, purse theft is on the rise in Louisville. Also, as the fall semester begins at the University of Louisville, purse and wallet thieves may be lurking about. Victims of theft tend to be women who carry their purses in shopping carts, leaving the carts unattended while going to the next aisle. Thieves can snatch purses and wallets in less than ten seconds—only a small distraction is needed. Within minutes after such thefts the following things tend to happen: credit cards are charged with expensive merchandise; checks are forged; and, video cards and library cards are misused to steal tapes and books.

The average American tends to carry eight credit cards. Loss of these cards cause trouble if a purse or wallet is stolen. Take a few minutes now to organize your wallet or purse. If down the road your wallet or purse is stolen, you will have to spend less time and heartache.

To cut your losses: When you first realize that your wallet or purse is missing, be sure to:

Source: Wolfe, Bill. "The Lost Wallet Blues", The Courier-Journal, Section C, Money, Monday, August 23, 1999.