As one of the fastest growing crimes in Canada, identity theft remains one of the most serious non-violent crime concerns for our society. Although the odds of your identity being stolen is low, it is important to know and be aware of the many ways it can happen and how to protect yourself from it. If you are living in a condominium, then it is likely you know your neighbours and are aware of the fact that security is always there. However, here are some tips that are good to practice just as an extra safety precaution.
Clear your Mailbox
If fraudsters get into your mail, there’s more to get their hands on. Constantly check your mail and make sure your mailbox is empty because if it is full, your mail can be placed in a communal mail collecting area.
Shred Sensitive Information
An important rule of thumb: if it has your name and address on it, shred it as once something is in the trash, it is immediately considered public property and available for preying hands.
A Hard to Guess PIN is a Safe PIN
Choose a hard-to-guess password that you change often. This is the easiest and most effective way to protect yourself form cyber crime. Furthermore, if you get a call from your bank, be cautious as to not give personal information. If you are interested in their offer, hang up and look up the offer and call them back. You will know who you’re dealing with.