How do I protect myself against or prevent ID theft?

Protecting yourself against ID theft is a necessity in this computer age. 

Do not:

  • Conduct online banking over wireless networks
  • Give account numbers to anybody over the phone
  • Give out your social security number unless absolutely required for services
  • Have your social security number or driver's license on your checks


  • Get your annual free credit report every year and confirm that the accounts they show are the accounts you have
  • Drop outgoing mail in a secure mailbox provided around town by the post office
  • Reconcile your bank and credit card statements every month to look for signs of id theft
  • Shred all credit card offers that you are not actually applying for

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1. How do I get an Order of Protection?
2. What can be done about a barking dog?
3. How do I file charges against somebody?
4. How do I file a complaint against an officer?
5. What should I do if I suspect my identity of being stolen?
6. Do you do fingerprinting?
7. Where do I get a solicitor permit to go door to door in the city?
8. How do I file a Freedom of Information Request?
9. Where can I get a copy of the city ordinances?
10. How do I protect myself against or prevent ID theft?
11. Does the East Peoria Police Department solicit over the phone or door to door?