Todays crims may not be after the families silver or the DVR and Telly in the corner, long gone are the days of some guy coming up to you in a pub and saying, ‘Hey mate I got a load of DVR’s you after one’?
It would be more like, “I have some fresh credit cards tested, if your quick you could get a couple of grand with buying some on line kit straight away.
This is big business, and I mean BIG business, so lets get some perspective.
In the USA alone in 2011 over 11 million adults fell victims to Identity theft, A massive increase by over 12% on the previous year and growing and growing.
Don’t think the UK is safe either, because it is on the increase here as well.
The postman drops a letter on your door mat, you see it is the water rates, a couple of days later, yep you guessed it, the telephone bill. OK we all hate bills its a fact of life, but the burglar is starting to love these bills. Nope, there not going to pay them for you, but the information, like account numbers, middle names, date of birth are all things that are personal to you and therefore, in the right/wrong hands which ever way you look at it, used correctly can request credit and can get things from others that probably are not that clued up.
Then guess what? yep thats right, all these bills are kept in a drawer in the kitchen along with the gas bill, electricity bill, spare key for the car, a probably the details of the car as well. So you can now imagine that before it was the TV etc, now a quick look around and a burglar could be out of your house in less that five minutes with the most important piece thing you hold dear and until now did not put a value on it. Your Identity !!!
To compound it if you are as sorted as my good lady is, then all these documents are listed in some sort of easy to sift through order in a filling cabinet. Giving the crim an index to see what is best to take and what he can do without.
Being in the security industry, we listen to peoples pains and anguish every day as they are phoning us up after the horse has bolted so to speak, so this is real and we, to keep our filing cabinet locked, and all our important documents in a safe, Passports, National Insurance numbers, and lots more are kept safely in a fire rated safe in a location that Im not telling
We all need to wise up to ID theft it is very real, and if you have been a victim you may find credit reference agencies, could black list your name and address for years to come, getting a loan from a bank, buying on credit, all may come back saying thanks but no thanks, even Credit cards that you have, now could be calling saying when are we going to get paid for money that you did not spend.
For the Criminal it is easy to do, in and out in a flash, carrying paper is even easier than the TV!
Hope this helps.