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2008-10-22ST. JOSEPH, MO |  By: Miller

Crime Prevention

This year there is a new emphasis on identity theft and internet fraud.

Crime statistics in Missouri show cases of identity theft in America have doubled in the last year alone…and tripled in the past five years.

The St. Joseph police department has a special division set up to deal with this rising problem.

Captain Kevin Castle with the SJPD says this affects us in the rural midwest just as much as the rest of the country.

Captain castle adds the St. Joseph department is also pro-active in teaching members of civic groups and other organizations how to fight identity theft.