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Better Records Make Alexandria Tops in Identity Theft

For the second consecutive year, the number of identity-theft cases assigned to Alexandria police officers grew significantly — from 78 in 2001 to 114 last year — and the city continues to have the most documented victims of that category of crime in Virginia. Alexandria topped the Federal Trade Commission’s list of identity-theft victims in the state last year, with 279 people making police reports, followed by Richmond, Arlington, Virginia Beach and Norfolk. But the distinction doesn’t mean the problem is worse in Alexandria than anywhere else, just that city police are better at identifying the problem and investigating cases, officials said. The 46 percent increase in Alexandria reflects better reporting of the problem, which includes crimes more traditionally recorded as credit card fraud or forgery, according to Mary Garrand, the police department’s supervisory crime analyst. Full Story

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