With the rise of identity theft reporting the crime has become the next logical step. However reporting identity theft in certain municipalities may make you wish you never became a victim in the first place.
The problem lies in reporting identity theft to the authorities. Some police departments are not yet identity theft victim friendly. That means that for a person that reports identity theft at the wrong police station a new barrier in the recovery process may emerge.
Certain police departments have either never handled such cases, most likely because victims of id theft never stepped forward, or because they are just overwhelmed with the influx of identity fraud. Of course, proper training in taking identity theft reports is something left to be desired.
By no means do all law enforcement departments experience these hindrances, but there is a gap in cognition of the crime amongst those entities.
A lot of people think that identity theft reporting is something they should forget about especially if they are victims of identity theft via the Internet. Reporting Internet fraud should be taken with the same seriousness as reporting credit card theft, identity theft fraud, and other crimes.
If you are looking for more information on the process of identity theft reporting take a look at Report Identity Theft, a post I wrote a while back that will help you understand the process.