Crime Prevention Tip of the Month

In our ongoing effort to serve the citizens of the Dan River Region, beginning in January 2018, the Danville Police Department will provide a Crime Prevention Tip of the Month. On or about the second Wednesday of each month, a new tip will be added to the page to complete a total of 12 for the year. It is our hope and intention to provide readers with information on trending safety and crime issues and tips to avoid becoming a victim.

Please use these tips and other resources provided on our website to become better informed and better prepared.

For more on Crime Prevention Programs or resources contact the Crime Prevention Office at 

434-797-8898Crime Prevention Patch

May 2018

 Identity Theft

Did you know........

  • over 9 million US residents are victims of identity theft each year
  • in dollars and cents, it costs consumers over 15 billion annually to recover from ID Theft
  • there are 3 general categories for ID Theft
  1. unauthorized use or attempted use of an existing account
  2. unauthorized use or attempted use of personal information to open a new account
  3. misuse of personal information for a fraudulent purpose.

There is a lot that can be done to protect and recover from ID Theft!


  • Don't give out personal information
  • Safeguard your personal information
  • Shred financial documents when they are no longer needed
  • Protect your Social Security Number



  • Act Quickly
  • Initiate a Fraud Alert with one of the 3 nationwide credit reporting companies
  • File a Police Report
  • Close all accounts that were opened or used fraudulently
  • Ask for a letter of resolution
  • File  report with the Federal Trade Commission

Learn More with these Additional Links of Interest

Report ID Theft to

Your local law enforcement

Federal Trade Commission 

Recovering from ID Theft

Protecting Your Identity

Scams & Schemes

Local Community Shred Events