Porter County sheriff has new, website, for ID theft,
Porter County residents will need to go online to report
identity theft and lost or destroyed license plates
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.
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.
theft reporting procedures will be included beginning
Saturday in a link on the Sheriff’s Department’s
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.
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.
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.
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