Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country and South Carolina ranks 17th in the nation for ID theft.
"When an identity thief uses one method and it's discovered by law enforcement, within days, maybe hours, they're using a separate trend. They're doing something else," said John Valdario, an investigator with the South Carolina Attorney General's office.
The South Carolina Attorney General's office offered a day of training Thursday to officers who deal with identity theft to keep them ahead of the crooks amid their changing ID theft techniques.
"We can feel free to find out what's happening in one part of the state, because it might be different than what's happening in another part of the state," Valdario said.
The networking allows law enforcement officers to share what ID theft 'trends' are popping up in certain areas of the state, so other departments can stop the trends before they spread.
"If they know how to protect and train and teach, we are going to be safer because prevention is really the answer in this type of crime," said Carol Frederick, a law enforcement consultant who led the training. "Everyone's got your sensitive information, so to detect where the breach was is really, really difficult. People really do have to pay attention."
Frederick says while law enforcement learn to catch the bad guys, there really is a lot you can do to make sure your sensitive information isn't stolen.
"It is easy," Frederick said. "And it can happen to anyone if you're not doing anything."