Entering Auto and Burglary Prevention
Preventing Theft
Scams & Email  Western Union Information
Credit Report Freezing

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Entering Auto and Burglary Prevention

  • Lock your car doors even if the car is in your driveway.

  • Do not leave cell phones, CDs, etc., in your car in plain view. Place items of value in your car trunk. Lock all exterior house doors and windows.

  • If you have a security alarm use it, even while you are at home and sleeping.

  • Call the Walton County Sheriff’s Office if you see or hear anything unusual or suspicious: Non-emergency  770-267-6557; Emergency 911.


Preventing Theft
  • Thefts usually occur between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • Place power tools and lawn equipment in areas that are locked and not easily accessible.
  • Be cautious of people soliciting yard work.
  • Be observant of any suspicious activity in your community. 


Scams & Email (Western Union Information)

Credit Report Freezing                                         TOP

Identity thieves find new ways to steal Social Security numbers, credit card numbers and other personal information from people just like you every day, and once they get their hands on your information, the nightmare begins.

Studies show it takes an identity theft victim hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses and lost wages to clean up their name and get their life back to normal.

Fortunately, Georgians enjoy stronger legal protections against identity theft; Georgia has passed a number of laws that protect you. Yet passing new laws is only half the battle. The other half is making sure you know your rights and what steps you can and should take to protect yourself.

On August 1, 2008, a credit freeze bill went into effect that provides Georgia consumers with the ability to place a freeze on their credit file for only $3, or a total of $9 for each of the three major credit-reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. The freeze is free for senior citizens 65 and older and for victims of identity theft. Each temporary lift of the freeze - commonly called a thaw - to allow access to the consumer's credit file would also cost $3. When a consumer requests such a thaw, it should be available electronically within 15 minutes of request by the consumer, keeping on-the-spot credit an option for shoppers.

When a freeze is in place, credit reporting agencies may not release the consumer's credit file unless the consumer first removes the freeze by providing the consumer's password to the credit agency used by the merchant. Most lenders and creditors rely on access to a consumer's credit file to determine a consumer's credit worthiness. By denying such access, a credit freeze makes it very difficult for an identity thief to open a credit account or loan in a victim's name.
Insurance companies, existing creditors and law enforcement agencies retain the ability to access credit reports in certain instances.

To place a credit freeze on your file, consumers must contact the credit reporting agencies at the addresses below:

Equifax Security Freeze
P.O. Box 105788
Atlanta, GA 30348
Or by going to:

Experian Security Freeze
P.O. Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013
Or by going to:

TransUnion Security Freeze
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834-6790
Or by going to:

Written requests must contain the following:
• Full name (and former name if applicable).
• Current Address and former address if it changed in the last 5 years.
• Social Security number.
• Date of birth.
• Photocopy of a driver's license, state ID card or other government-issued identification.
• Proof of current residence, such as a copy of a phone or utility bill.
• If you are a victim of identity theft, include a copy of either the police report; investigative report, or complaint to a law enforcement agency concerning identity theft.
• If you are not 65 years of age or older or a victim of identity theft, include payment by check, money order or credit card (Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover cards only). Do not send cash in the mail.

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Federal Trade Commission  
Social Security Administration  
Georgia Governors' Office  
Internet Crime Complaint Center (FBI & National White Collar Crime Center Partnership)

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