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We've assembled some of the most trusted data available on identity theft, the connection to data breaches, and on law enforcement.

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Identity Theft

  • There were an estimated 15.4 million victims of identity theft in 2016, a record high.1
  • That works out to nearly 1.3 million victims every 30 days or 1 every 2 seconds.1
  • Identity theft cost businesses and consumers $16 billion in 2016, which works out to roughly $1.8 billion every day.1

Data Breaches and Identity Theft

  • There were 1,792 reported data breaches worldwide in 2016.2
  • Those breaches exposed almost 1.4 billion data records.2
  • Identity theft was the leading type of data breach in 2016, accounting for 59% of all data breaches.2
  • There were a record 791 reported data breaches in the U.S. in the first half of 2017.3

1 Javelin Strategy & Research 2017 Identity Fraud Study, February 2017

2 Gemalto Data Breach Index March 2017

3 The Identity Theft Resource Center

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About Operation Stop IT!

Operation Stop IT! is a new collaboration between law enforcement, victim support groups, and local communities to find better ways to protect consumers and support victims

How To Contact Us

The International Association of Chiefs of Police
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