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BBB Release: Auto Break-Ins Drive Identity Theft Concerns

UAA Vehicle Break-Ins Remind Students to Protect Identities

 

Anchorage, Alaska – Oct. 27, 2011 – The Campus Response Team at University of Alaska Anchorage has received reports that several vehicles have been broken into in residential parking lots on campus. While the University Police Department has increased patrols, it is important for college students to take individual action to safeguard personal property.

 

Unfortunately, most people do not realize they have been victimized by identity theft until fraud occurs. According to the 2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report from Javelin Strategy and Research, college-age students—18 to 24—take an average of 132 days to detect that their identity has been compromised. The study also adds that young adults stand to lose roughly five times more than victims in other age groups, or about $1,156.

 

Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington reminds students to avoid leaving sensitive paperwork and laptops in vehicles or unsecured locations. In an instant, thieves can steal students' identities physically or digitally.

 

Clean it. Remove important documents, mail and receipts from vehicles regularly. Then, secure or dispose of items properly.

Lock it. Always lock vehicle doors. Also, always password-protect laptops when unattended.

Hide it. Avoid leaving valuables in plain sight. If needed, temporarily store items in the trunk or out of view; park in well-lit areas and pay close attention to surroundings when exiting the vehicle.

 

For more tips on identity theft, visit BBB's Identity Theft Prevention or Steps for Identity Theft Victims to Take pages.

 

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Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington: Working to advance marketplace trust, BBB is a neutral not-for-profit organization supported by BBB Accredited Businesses. BBB provides ethical business standards, BBB Business Reviews, Charity Reviews, complaint handling, marketplace events and tips. For more information, contact BBB or visit bbb.org.

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