Crime Maps – Week of 3-9-14

This is from Kristina Hagan at LMPD

 

Identity theft happens when someone steals your personal information and uses it without your permission. It’s a serious crime that can wreak havoc with your finances, credit history, and reputation — and can take time, money, and patience to resolve.

If you find you are a victim of Identity Theft, contact the police and contact one of the three below credit reporting companies.

Credit Reporting Companies

Equifax
1-800-525-6285

Experian
1-888-397-3742

TransUnion
1-800-680-7289

 

Below are some reminders on how to protect your identity.

In and Outside Your Vehicle

– Be very careful about what documentation you leave in your vehicle.  NEVER leave passports, driver’s licenses, social security cards, health cards, personalized mail/bills, debit/credit cards, personalized checks, etc. in your vehicle.

– Secure ownership and insurance paperwork in your glove box or other locking compartments.

– Unattended vehicles should always be locked; close all windows and alarm/security systems turned on.

– Make your license plate harder to steal by using a nut which requires a special tool to remove the plate without damaging it.

– Leaving your smart phone, tablet, laptop or flash drives in a visible location in an unattended vehicle is a magnet for thieves. If you must leave these items in your vehicle, conceal them.

– Avoid using drive-through banking OR other ATM banking in isolated locations and/or during off-hours.

General Tips 

-Protect your passwords.  NEVER share them and make sure you cover up when inputting to an ATM or debit terminal.  Use strong passwords that are unlikely to be hacked or discovered.

– Shred documentation with personal information before disposal.

– Do not leave data on old computer equipment, such as hard drives or storage devices.

– Know the status of all your financial accounts and keep up-to-date so you can report discrepancies immediately.

– Protect your computer from viruses, phishing scams and hackers with up-to-date firewalls and software.

– Never provide personal information via the internet, by phone or mail, unless you initiate it and it is a reputable source.

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