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ID theft spike sparks change in reporting policy

By Jeff Burton nwi times: April 2, 2012


VALPARAISO | Residents of the county's unincorporated areas wanting to report identity theft now will need to file their reports in person.

Because of a rise in the number of identity theft and consumer fraud reports, officers no longer will be able to come to resident's homes to take the reports, Porter County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Larry LaFlower said.

"We want to keep as many of the officers on the road as we can, so those of us who are on station will handle those," LaFlower said.

The department recommends that anyone who discovers suspicious or fraudulent activity on an account immediately contact their creditor or financial institution to dispute the charge or close the compromised account.

From there, a complaint form from the Indiana attorney general's office can be downloaded through the Sheriff's Department website — www.portercountysheriff.com/main/forms/itheft.html — completed and brought to the department from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, to file the formal report.

Officers then can help guide residents through additional steps, such as filing a complaint with the Indiana attorney general's Identity Theft Unit or the Federal Trade Commission or placing a freeze on a credit file with the three major credit bureaus.

The Sheriff's Department also is streamlining the way residents report stolen license plates.

LaFlower said people who have reason to believe a license plate was stolen from their vehicle still can file a complaint with the department during business hours. Those who believe their license plate may have been accidentally lost, damaged or destroyed are asked to complete a form available from the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.


Porter County sheriff has new, website, for ID theft, lost plates

VALPARAISO — Porter County residents will need to go online to report identity theft and lost or destroyed license plates beginning Sunday.

The goal is to keep officers patrolling versus their having to get off the roads to take these reports, said Sgt. Larry LaFlower, public information officer for the Porter County Sheriff’s Department.

Another procedural change is that anyone seeking the paperwork to have an impounded vehicle released, beginning April 1, will need to do so in a more limited time frame. Impound release paperwork will be completed during regular business hours, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Sheriff’s Department, 2755 Indiana 49, Valparaiso.

The identity theft reporting procedures will be included beginning Saturday in a link on the Sheriff’s Department’s website, www.portercountysheriff.com.

Steps begin with contacting the creditor’s security or fraud department, downloading a form at the Indiana Attorney General’s website, www.IndianaConsumer.com/IDtheft, then bringing that completed form to the Sheriff’s Department during the above business hours, Monday through Friday.

The procedures on the sheriff’s website also will give details on filing complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and the three major credit bureaus, and what to do in case of suspected mail fraud or someone using your social security number of tax information.

Meanwhile, drivers who need a replacement license plate because theirs was lost, mutilated or destroyed are, instead of contacting county police, should complete a form with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles at www.state.in/bmv. The forms should be available beginning Saturday. If the form requires an officer’s signature, then bring it to the Sheriff’s Department during regular business hours.

Anyone who believes their license plate was stolen rather than lost should make a theft report at the sheriff’s department, again during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.


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