Town meeting on identity theft offers up prevention tips

Local law enforcement wants you to make sure no one steals your identity and is hosting a town meeting to help you prevent that from happening.

The meeting is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at the Silverdale Community Center at 9729 Silverdale Way and is presented by the Washington State Patrol/Department of Licensing Identity Theft Unit. Local law enforcement and officials from the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office will be available for questions. The meeting also is being presented by Kitsap Community Federal Credit Union.

“A lot of (identity theft) is occurring right now and much of it is associated with mail theft,” said Christian Casad of the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office. “There will be lots of good tips from law enforcement.”

Those who attend the free presentation will learn awareness techniques on how to prevent becoming a victim. Detective Tim Keeler of the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office specializes in fraud and is scheduled to be at the meeting as well to answer questions and offer prevention tips.

According to Casad, on average, 1,000 people per day in the United States fall victim to identity theft.

“The Department of Licensing receives approximately 200 allegations/tips/

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