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01/18/2013 02:25 pm ET

Tips For Snowbirds: Leave No IDs Behind

When Richard Barnhill travels to the Southwest for winter, he takes steps to protect his main residence: Relatives and neighbors drop by to make sure everything is secure.

Despite this, thieves ransacked the retiree’s home and stole, among other items, his late wife’s Social Security card, driver’s license and checkbook, which he kept in a desk drawer.

“I’m a great saver,” said Barnhill, 79, whose wife had kept the house in meticulous order. “I had stuff I didn’t know I had.”

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