- Never give your Social Security number over a cellular or cordless phone or personal
information to telephone solicitors.
- Do not carry your Social Security card, Social Security number, birth certificate
or passport, unless necessary.
- Do not put your address, telephone number or driver's license number on a credit card
- Social Security numbers or phone numbers should not be put on checks.
- Shred old receipts, credit applications, bank records and any other personal documents
before discarding them.
- Install a locked mailbox with a slot. Do not place mail in an open container, take
it to the post office or neighborhood mailbox.
- Always instruct your credit card issuers and anyone else you purchase goods or services
from that you do not wish them to share or sell your information with/to others.
- Review your credit reports at least once a year.
- Keep important documents in a safe place: not in your wallet or car. Burglars are
just as interested in credit cards, bank accounts and investment statements as they
are in your other valuables.
- Carry only the credit cards you plan to use. If you have credit cards you do not use,
store them in a safe place. Cancel the accounts if you will not use them again. Cut
up the credit cards before discarding.
- Keep a list of all credit cards and bank accounts including the account numbers, phone
numbers and expiration dates in a safe place.
- Only use your credit card on the Internet if it will be encrypted. Print out and save
receipts and Internet transaction information.
- Deposit payments and financial mail in a secured post office box, not in your home
- Be smart about passwords and PIN numbers to keep people from gaining unauthorized
access to your accounts.
Reporting Identity Theft
Contact Agencies for Assistance
- Get and keep a copy of the police report as proof of the crime.
- Contact the fraud/security department of the creditor or financial institution of
a stolen credit card and close the account.
- Notify DPS, the Social Security Administration, local law enforcement agency, credit
card companies and your bank if your pocketbook, checks or driver's license is stolen.
- Contact all three credit reporting agencies and place a security alert on your credit.
- Keep a detailed log of all your contacts with authorities and financial institutions.
Make sure all communication is done in writing and sent by certified mail, return
- Texas law allows you to request a Security Freeze be placed on your consumer file,
which requires the credit reporting agency to notify you of material changes to your
consumer file and prevents access to your consumer file by some entities.
In Case of Emergency
- Emergencies: Dial 911
- TCC Police: Dial 817-515-8911 (or 58911 from any on-campus telephone)
For the Fastest Response
For the fastest response to an emergency of any type, all efforts should be made to
contact the TCC Police Department first. TCC officers are already on campuses, and
they know the campuses well.
Dialing 911 from a cell phone on a campus will not connect you to the TCC Police Department
but will connect you to the municipal public safety call center closest to your location.
Please report any errors or dead links to Shane Bunch (firstname.lastname@example.org), TCC Police webmaster
Updated June 16, 2014