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Fewer local identity thefts

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Identity theft complaints have been steadily decreasing over the past few years according to the Amarillo Police Department.

Corporal Jerry Neufeld says with increased education and awareness, it's more difficult for people to steal ID's. However, he says family members of thieves are becoming a more common target. One reason is because it's easier to access their personal information

Neufeld says, "People are getting a little more cautious. We're not throwing as much stuff away without shredding it. We're being more secure with our mail. We're not just clipping stuff onto the mailbox for the postman to pick up. We're taking it to the post office and dropping it in the slot. So they're losing their chances, or opportunities to get that information."

Parents are stealing their child's identity or kids are stealing from grandparents who have passed away. Amarillo Police remind you not to leave mail, bank statements, or purses with credit cards and checkbooks in your car.

If you need to shred personal documents, you can do so for free in large volumes this Saturday, April 17th, at the Westgate Mall in Amarillo. The Better Business Bureau is hosting this identity theft and fraud protection event allowing you to bring up to two boxes of personal papers and even offering a drive up service.

For information on what to shred and when go to http://txpanhandle.bbb.org/shred-day/

For information on protecting yourself against identity theft go to: http://www.bbb.org/us/identity-guard-tips/

Jessica Abuchaibe, NewsChannel 10.

 

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