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  NCJ Number: NCJ 214621     Find in a Library
  Title: National Strategy To Combat Identity Theft
  Document URL: Text PDF 
  Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
  Project Director: Phyllis P. McDonald Ed.D.
  Corporate Author: Johns Hopkins University
United States of America
  Date Published: 05/2006
  Page Count: 86
  Annotation: This national strategy for combating identity theft has seven components: partnerships and collaboration, reporting procedures, victim assistance, public awareness legislation, information protection, and training.
  Abstract: In the area of partnerships and collaboration, this booklet recommends creating State-level coordinating centers to provide crime analysis, victim assistance, statewide investigations, and other services, while promoting cooperation and intelligence-sharing among public law enforcement agencies and other entities that have a stake in preventing and responding effectively to identity theft. Regarding reporting procedures, the booklet recommends that all police agencies take reports of identity theft in the geographic jurisdiction where the victim lives, regardless of where the crime occurred. The recommendation for victim assistance is that all police agencies develop policies for responding to victims of identity theft. The policy should include written standard operating procedures for investigations and helping victims find the assistance they need to resolve the impact of identity theft on financial accounts, credit, and personal records. In the area of public awareness, the booklet recommends creating a national public awareness campaign that features prevention and response techniques as well as the report of identity theft as a crime. The recommendation for legislation is to compile and maintain a comprehensive document that outlines identity-theft legislation for all States and the Federal Government. In order to facilitate information protection, the strategy recommends funding for national public education for consumers and merchants that focuses on information protection and legislation and/or public education that targets audiences for information protection. The recommendation for training is that all police, prosecutor, victim-assistance, and private-sector organizations affected by any of the facets of identity theft conduct an assessment of identity-theft training needs and then seek such training. 30 references and appended identity theft survey and contact information for members of the Identity Theft Focus Group that met May 3-4, 2004
  Main Term(s): Police policies and procedures
  Index Term(s): Public information ; Legislation ; Data security ; Interagency cooperation ; Crime specific countermeasures ; Victim services ; Citizen crime reporting ; Training needs assessment ; Identity Theft
  Sponsoring Agency: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2003CKWX0343
  Publication Number: ISBN 1-932582-64-9
  Sale Source: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)
US Dept of Justice
Two Constitutional Square
145 N Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20530
United States of America
  Type: Instructional Material
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: Downloaded June 21, 2006.
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