Village of Winnetka
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Cases of identity theft have been reported to the Winnetka Police Department. Guard your personal information to protect yourself from this crime.
Identity theft is a serious crime. If your identity is stolen and used by identity thieves, recovering your good name and good credit record could take years and result in significant financial loss. As with any crime, you cannot completely control whether you will become a victim, but you can minimize your risk by managing your personal information cautiously and with greater awareness of potentially risky situations.
Here are some simple precautions that can help protect you from identity thieves:
Credit reports can be ordered from the following agencies:
Be alert to signs that someone may be fraudulently using your identity. Indications that this may be occurring include:
If you are a victim of identity theft:
Identity theft is a crime that can take many forms and affect many areas of a victim's life. More information about identity theft can be obtained by contacting the Federal Trade Commission at 1-877-438-4338. Packets for reporting identity theft can be obtained from the Winnetka Police Department. During their investigation of burglaries, police often find that basic security measures have not been taken which made it easy for the burglar to enter the premises. They remind citizens that burglaries occur in every community and they should not take their homes' security for granted.
How good are the locks on your doors and windows? Does your shrubbery hide doorways or windows? Is your outdoor lighting adequate to discourage a would-be burglar from targeting your home? Are you aware of the importance of placing identifying information on items of value and/or recording their serial numbers in case they are stolen? Do you know what precautions to take when you go out of town?
If you aren't sure of the answers to any of these questions, contact the Winnetka Police at 847-501-6034 and request a security survey of your residence. There's no charge for this service. Police will conduct free business security surveys, too. The Police Department also has an engraving tool, available for loan, to assist in marking valuable items.
When a service person comes to your door, ask for identification - and check it carefully - before you allow him or her to come into your home. While it may seem unkind, a stranger asking for a drink, to use a bathroom or to make a telephone call should never be allowed in. Don't let yourself to be diverted by requests for supplies or assistance made by an unknown person at your door. This is a tactic frequently employed in order to gain entry into a home.
Be careful when using an Automatic Teller Machine! If you see someone who looks suspicious standing near an ATM, don't use it! Immediately put away any money obtained from an ATM. The police need your help! If you become aware of something that seems unusual - a stranger lurking about, items being moved out of a house or garage under unfamiliar circumstances, a stranger asking vague questions, etc. - call the police and make them aware of your observations.
Many criminals have been apprehended as a result of citizens' reports to police - it's impossible to know how many crimes have been prevented.
510 Green Bay Rd. Winnetka, IL 60093
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