Prevention is a critical component for combating identity crime. Unlike other more conventional crimes, these types of crimes allow the perpetrator to remain anonymous. Identity crime is not a traditional crime that police can fight in traditional ways, such as deploying resources to an affected area to reduce crime. This unconventional crime calls for different, innovative prevention techniques.
One way to address prevention efforts focuses upon five strategies (Newman and McNally, Identity Theft Literature Review, NIJ final grant report 210459, 2005).
Specific approaches for each strategy vary. Different approaches may be more useful based upon law enforcement resources, jurisdictional issues, partnerships that address the issue, community resources, and whether the effort is at the local, state, regional, or federal level.
Learn how to protect personal information with our “Prevention Toolkit (11.3 MB)”