ALBANY, GA (WALB) - State Farm data shows most of theft cases deal with online transactions, over 14,000 cases were reported in January. The agency says many credit card holders notice a discrepancy in their accounts after the holidays have ended.
Agents say by practicing smart shopping, you can protect your account. Start by frequently checking your statements, examine details, use one card and save your receipts. You should leave social security cards at home and never give out personal information to companies or individuals you are not familiar with.
Captain Tom Jackson of Dougherty County Police says there are also a few things you can do to protect your house from becoming a target as well. He says never inform others online when you will be away and for how long, posting it on social media can invite unwanted visitors to your home.
Captain Jackson feels it takes very little someone to take advantage.
"And once you open the door to your financial institute people can go in and wipe you out in a matter of time," Captain Jackson said. "So, we suggest to people to do an inventory of your house, you need to look at it, 'How can I become a victim of crime?'"
He recommends to find a trusted neighbor to watch over your place and to take any packages or mail until you return. Never leave big ticket item boxes out for others to see and make sure to lock up any areas where someone might find an opportunity to break in.