Alert the Public
Since these crimes are so prevalent that it is predictable that large numbers of residents in any jurisdiction are likely to be victimized, law enforcement agencies must use their resources to educate the public about identity crime before they become victims. Working with communities to protect themselves in advance is the most effective response to this crime.
For more information and resources related to community outreach and education, visit www.idsafety.org.
In addition, the FTC’s community education toolkit, “AvoID Theft: Deter, Detect, Defend” was created specifically for law enforcement and other groups who work directly with the community, like teachers and social workers, so that they can give effective and comprehensive community education presentations on ID crime. It includes a PowerPoint presentation, talking points, a publicity campaign for the event, etc. A copy of the kit can be viewed online at http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/become-a-partner.html
Additional resources within this toolkit are also intended to help you, as a member of a law enforcement agency, to help victims of identity crime with recovery as part of building a stronger local law enforcement response to this growing problem.