YAKIMA, Wash.-- Identity theft is a big problem around the country, but in Yakima County things seem to be changing.
According to the Yakima Sheriff's Office this year there have only been 28 reported incidents of identity theft in the county. That's almost half the amount last year at this time.
And it's not just this year things have been steadily declining. In 2010 there were a total of 80 reports, down 20% from 2009. ID theft looks like it will be even less than that by the end of 2011.
Yakima Valley Credit Union is holding an ID theft seminar Thursday night to make sure its customers know how to protect themselves.
"Some of the things folks can do to protect themselves is to always be aware of their personal financial information, what they have on their person as well as in their homes," said Lori Beador of Yakima Valley Credit Union.
YVCU reminds people to always safeguard their social security numbers, treat your trash and mail carefully, and always protect your purse or wallet.
They say if the right steps are taken, identity theft is a preventable crime.