Identity theft in the UK is rising at an alarming rate. A study has shown that “60,000 cases of impersonation related to criminal activity have been reported in the 9 months to date of this year, a huge increase of around 35% from the same period last year.”
The hardest hit areas are London and Birmingham.
Britons are understandably worried about being affected by identity theft but it doesn’t appear that they realize what they can do to protect themselves. A recent study showed that more than 80% of Britons are concerned about becoming victims of the crime, but a fifth of them continue to do their internet banking from public computers.
Even more surprising, however, is the fact that 80% of businesses admitted to not having a secure way of destroying sensitive legal documents. That’s taking a huge risk with personal information!
The National Identity Fraud Prevention Week has been launched by the Metropolitan Police in the UK in an effort to help raise awareness about the seriousness of the crime. Hopefully, this will help Britons realize how risky some of their choices are while informing them on how to protect themselves.