What to do if you become a victim of Identity Theft
It is important to act immediately to stop the thief’s further use of your identity. Call the fraud units of the three credit reporting companies: Experian, Equifax and Trans Union. Report the theft of your credit cards or numbers. Ask that your accounts be flagged. Also, add a victim’s statement to your report. Be sure to ask how long the fraud alert is posted on your account, and how you can extend it if necessary.
Before going to a large arena event, be sure to designate a meeting area in case your group becomes separated. This is particularly important if you have small children with you. When parking your vehicle be sure to do the following:
Help your child learn the surrounding streets and main roads by name and caution them about taking shortcuts. Make certain that they always stay on main roads and determine some public places they can go to for assistance if they are ever in trouble or lost.
Remind your child to always stay with other children and report any unusual or confusing incidents to you.
Make certain that there are backup people your child can contact if they need assistance and you are not home.
Keep outside doors locked. Place a dowel or stick in a sliding window or door track. Windows are often much less attended to than doors, so check them throughout the home routinely.
Install drapes or blinds on all lower level windows and doors to obscure the visibility of expensive items such as computers, stereos and televisions. Use a caller ID system and screen all phone calls.
The outgoing message on your answering device should never indicate that you are not at home. Always use plural nouns even if you live alone.
The UC Berkeley Police Department recently launched Nixle, a new tool that will enhance the department’s communications, distribute crime alerts, and keep the UC Berkeley community more informed about campus safety. In this Q&A withBerkeley News, UCPD Chief Margo Bennett describes what the campus can expect from Nixle. She also discusses UCPD’s latest efforts to combat crime on campus, which have contributed to an overall decrease in violent and property crimes.