Identity Theft is one of the most rapidly growing crimes across the nation. Anytime an unauthorized individual uses your personal information to obtain goods or services, you are a victim of Identity Theft under Illinois law (720 ICLS 5/16-30). If you have become a victim and live within the Village of Glen Ellyn, the Glen Ellyn Police Department (GEPD) recommends that you report the crime with our agency as well with Federal Bureau of Investigations and with the Federal Trade Commission.
Although it is nearly impossible to fully protect yourself from becoming a victim of Identity Theft, there are some steps you can take to minimize your risk.
Be creative with your online passwords. Do not use common words or dates that are easily associated with you.
Check your credit report at least twice a year via Annual Credit Report or contact the following credit bureaus: