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Identity Theft
Identify theft is the unauthorized use of another person’s personal identifying information to commit financial fraud.  Upon obtaining such personal identifiers, identity thieves have the ability to commit financial crimes such as opening phony bank accounts, getting unauthorized credit cards, applying for car or house loans and leasing apartments with a false name. Identity thieves may even develop a criminal record or file bankruptcy in their victim’s name.  Please find below identity theft prevention tips, as well as steps to take if you become an identity theft victim.  For more information, please contact the Police Department at 630-469-1187.

Identity Theft Prevention Tips:
  • Don’t give out your social security number unless necessary.
  • Request your credit report at least once a year and check for any unauthorized activity.
  • Shred personal documents before putting them in the refuse/recycling.
  • Don’t have checks delivered to an unlocked mailbox.
  • Don’t place mail that contains personal identifiers in an unlocked mailbox.
  • Don’t carry unnecessary credit cards, your social security card, birth certificate or passport in your wallet or purse except when absolutely necessary.
  • Never give out your credit card number or other personal information over the phone unless you have a trusted business relationship with the company and you initiated the call.
If you become a victim of Identity Theft:
  • Immediately contact the fraud units of the three credit reporting bureaus and ask for a credit report so you can identify fraudulent activity.  Also ask each bureau to flag your account with a fraud alert to indicate you have been a victim of fraud:
    *Equifax: 1-800-525-6285
    *Experian: 1-888-EXPERIAN (397-3742)
    *TransUnion: 1-800-680-7289
  • Make a report with law enforcement departments within your jurisdiction
  • Contact all creditors with whom your personal identifiers have been used fraudulently by telephone and letter. Enclose a copy of the police report.
  • Stop payment on all outstanding checks and cancel your checking and savings accounts. To report fraudulent use of your checks:
    *Check Rite: 1-800-766-2748
    *Chexsystems: 1-800-428-9623
    *Cross Check: 1-707-586-0551
    *Equifax: 1-800-437-5120
    *National Processing Co: 1-800-526-5380
    *Scan: 1-800-262-7777
    *Telecheck: 1-800-710-9898
  • If your social security number has been obtained, call the Social Security Administration: (800) 269-0271. If someone obtains a driver's license in your name or is using your driver's license number, contact your local Secretary of State Office and ask to put a fraud alert on your license. Fraud Alert FAQ
How criminals get your information:
  • Ordering your credit report, digging through your garbage, stealing mail from your mailbox, stealing your wallet, retrieving information from the Internet.
Information to guard from identity thieves:
  • Social security number, birth date, driver’s license number, mother’s maiden name, current and past addresses, credit card numbers, personal identification numbers and access codes, passports, firearms identification cards, employee identification cards.
Lock it or Lose it

The Glen Ellyn Police Department wishes to remind residents to lock their vehicles at all times. A group of car burglars can move through the area very quickly, entering unlocked vehicles. The vast majority of the time, burglars will move past a locked vehicle because they don't want to expend the time or risk getting caught trying to enter it. Approximately 90% of the burglaries committed are to unlocked vehicles. One second may save you days of inconvenience and money. Please remember to lock your car before you lose any of your possessions.


Here are a few simple ways that residents can prevent these "crimes of opportunity" and help prevent vehicle burglaries:

  • Don't leave valuables in your car.
  • If you must leave valuable items in your car while out and about, place items out of sight.
  • Once home, unload your valuables immediately. Do not store valuables in your car any longer than necessary, and certainly not overnight.
  • If possible, leave no trace. Don't leave any sign that there might be valuables out of sight in your vehicle, such as docking stations or connector cables.
  • Lock ALL your vehicle's doors, even if you plan to be gone for only a brief time. Many times there are items stolen from unlocked vehicles where the owner was only going to be gone "just for a second."
  • Set any alarm or anti-theft device. If you have one, use it! Many people believe that car alarms no longer make a difference, but they can be an effective deterrent to a vehicle burglar, who most often chooses the easiest target.
Glen Ellyn Civic Center
Office Hours
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
535 Duane St. Glen Ellyn IL. 60137
(630) 469 5000
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