Identity Crime Must be a Priority for Investigators
There are a number of reasons that investigators need to prioritize identity crimes. It may be helpful to note that the investigation of identity crime can be integrated with the investigation of other types of crimes, and this can make it more manageable within small departments.Specifically, the reasons why these crimes must be prioritized include:
- The excessive damage to credit, financial well-being and reputation experienced by many victims.
- The likely links to other types of criminal activity including terrorism, drug and gun trafficking and theft.
- The importance of linking apparently small identity crimes to larger criminal enterprises as a tool for investigating them.
Additionally, because links to other crimes are likely, investigators must work closely with other law enforcement and government agencies.