How to prevent identity theft with these tips is the key to not becoming the next victim.
Check out some of the many different types of identity theft to be aware of.
How to prevent identity theft is a matter of being educated and having knowledge about how these crimes happen and the types of scams to be aware of are the first step in how to prevent identity theft from happening to you.
In the critical tips I give below on how to prevent identity theft, I have tried to cover the many different areas in which, if a criminal attacks you, you are also vulnerable for identity theft.
So please stay safe and take a few minutes to be aware of how this happens so you will not become just another victim of this vicious crime.
My father was in law enforcement, so I learned this lesson as a young girl.
That was before we had to worry so much about the criminal element and, at that time, identity theft was unheard of.
I went to the mall to pick up something and when I was driving out in my car, I got stuck in traffic leading out of the mall.
I was at a stop waiting for the traffic to start up again, when all of a sudden my passenger door opened!
Thank heavens it was a school friend of mine, but it could have been anyone.
That made such an impression on me and the fact that my father had said to Always keep your doors locked whether it was day or night. Guess What? He Was Right, Again!
I never forgot that, and to this day I follow that rule and it has become automatic.
I have reminded my family and friends about this many times over the years, but they don’t always heed this advice.
In this day and age, this should be something that is done automatically for your self protection.
How to prevent identity theft?
All it takes is a second for your car to be stolen and your identity with it, as many people leave personal information in their glove compartment or their wallet or purse in the car, especially for a “quick run”. Keep your registration and driver’s license with you.
Your registration and license have your personal information as to where you live.
This makes you vulnerable for robbery and identity theft and gives the thief access to everything in your home.
More information on how to prevent identity theft are found at motor vehicle theft and tips on how to keep cars, RV’s and all the big ticket “toys” we all love to have and play with safe and secure.
For more protection, also double lock the doors leading from the outside of the house into the garage, and the door from the garage to the inside of the house.
You want to make a criminal’s job harder, not easier.
Remember, “Out of sight, is out of mind”.
If you don’t have some type of alarm system, it is wise to purchase one.
I used to use the club for a number of years but, if a criminal is really serious about stealing your car and possessions, the locking device I find the best, is the auto lock.
Using an ignition or fuel shut off device is also a great deterrent.
If you must leave a spare key in the garage, use a lock box that uses a special code to open it.
My father also taught us before you get in your car to visually check the car's interior to make sure no one is hidden.
You don’t want to be unaware, get in your car and find someone is laying in waiting for you.
This rule is another "how to prevent identity theft" and became even more prevalent when carjacking was on the rise and making so much news.
It was a smart habit to get into.
This keeps you farther from doorways and the edge of the street near vehicles and makes you less of a target.
It is also much safer to walk in areas that are well populated. Avoiding groups of people that are loitering around is also something to be aware of.
This is one of the first rules in how to prevent identity theft and worse.
Whether you are home or not, always keep your doors and windows locked.
These are easy to overlook and are still very vulnerable to a criminal.
Click on home door security for more information.
Go to home window security for more tips on important window protection to be aware of.
If you go on a vacation, have a friend or relative pick up your newspapers and mail.
If this is not possible, then temporarily stop service for both and then put on hold.
This gives you one more “layer” of security for a criminal to have to bypass.
So many people do not use their alarm when their home. This can be a very dangerous thing to do. The alarm is a safety net to some degree and will let you know if any one has entered your house that you are unaware of.
To learn more go to wireless home alarm.
Again, this is just one more “layer” a thief will have to bother with before breaking into your house.
A thief will break into the one that gives him the easiest access and one he doesn’t have to work as hard to get into.
How to prevent identity theft is a matter of taking away a criminals opportunity.
Take away the opportunity and you take away the chance of becoming the next victim.
Don't make it easy for a thief make it as difficult as you can, with as many "layers" of protection as you can.
Go to do it yourself home security for tips on protecting all areas of your house and how to prevent identity theft.
Always shred all your pre-approved credit applications and other important papers, as your name and financial information will provide access to all your personal information.
Just to be safe, I always shred Anything that has my name, address and any other personal information on it.
One item that many people don’t give a second thought to is catalogs that come in the mail.
These catalogs not only have your name and address, but many also have a pre-approved number for credit on them so you can charge right away.
Whoopee! A criminal bent on identity theft just Loves running up bills in Your name.
Also, make sure you check the inside of the catalog, as many have your name and address on the page where you do your ordering.
Just having some knowledge in how to prevent identity theft will help you and your identity stay protected and not become the next victim.
This is a very crucial step in "how to prevent identity theft".
Mail theft is extremely common, so it is much safer to drop them off at a U.S. Post Office or a U.S. Mailbox.
I show you how to do this by going to stop junk mail.
If I hadn’t been aware of this when I was once grocery shopping, I would have become a victim of identity theft.
The person in line behind me kept crowding closer and closer, especially when I was swiping my card and about to enter my PIN.
I realized what was happening and asked the person to step back out of my space, (which he did, as I had now called attention to him and his actions).
If you must, take someone else along with you.
Going to an ATM that is not isolated and is well lit is also important to consider.
For more on how to prevent identity theft go to atm security for more tips on keeping safe when using the ATM.
Many credit unions and banks now offer this type of paperless service free of charge.
See identity theft online for more tips on how to prevent identity theft.
If you have credit cards that you haven’t used for over 6 months cancel them.
It’s important to keep track of these because, if you don’t receive them by the date due, you must immediately call the credit grantor and ask if the card was sent.
For more detailed information on how to take care of this problem if you become a victim see stolen credit card.
Give an alternate number to any business that makes this request and explain why.
To learn more on how to keep your ss# safe go to social security identity theft.
This is one extremely important step to be aware of on how to prevent identity theft, because if your social security number is stolen the thief has your whole identity in the palm of his hand.
How do you keep your medical information safe? Go to medical identity theft for more tips to be aware of.
Medical identity theft has greatly increased in the last few years and even more so with the state of our economy, people losing their jobs and medical insurance.
If you get a caller that tells you he’s from your bank or one of your credit card companies, tell the person you will call them back.
Never call back a number They give you. Chances are this is not a true number and is a scam to get your personal information.
Doing this leaves you wide open for identity theft. Only provide the information that is absolutely necessary.
Learn how to keep yourself safe from different forms of phone scams.
This is another scam to be knowledgeable about that will show you what to look for and how to prevent identity theft.
Tips on how to stay safe from credit card scams are very important to be aware of.
If something isn’t right, you will be able to put a stop to it right away.
To see what to do and how to do it go to credit freeze for detailed instructions.
How to prevent identity theft is much easier to do and becomes a habit when you educate and protect yourself about what to look for and how to stop it from happening to you. Don’t become a victim of this horrible crime.