Identity theft has been the top crime and consumer complaint in America for more than a decade, and a major pain in the pocket for consumers and businesses. But it has also presented a major challenge for law enforcement.
Whether it’s a lack of resources or complex jurisdictional issues, most identity thefts go uninvestigated and unprosecuted - which has lead to greater frustration for victims and for law enforcement and an acceleration of the crime.
But that doesn’t mean law enforcement is helpless. Operation Stop IT! represents the biggest response to identity theft in law enforcement history and focused on the two things that law enforcement can really make a difference with – promoting “prevention through education” as the best way to protect communities, and making sure victims can confidently turn to their local law enforcement as their first line of response.
Across the country, law enforcement will be participating in a variety of training programs so they’re better able to spread the prevention message, and partnering with their local communities to get the right answers to victims as quickly as possible.
We’ll be encouraging communities across the country to partner with each other to create their own local Operation Stop IT! and send a clear message to criminals.
And if we can turn identity theft into an opportunity to help law enforcement better connect with their local communities, we can turn a crime into a win.
Operation Stop IT! was created by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Identity Theft Council, and the Identity Theft Resource Center, supported by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), the American Bankers Association, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), and sponsored by Civic and Transunion.