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Identity Theft Supplement (ITS)

Data Collection Status
Approximately every 2 years
Latest Data Available
Data Experts
Erika Harrell, PhD, BJS Statistician
Alexandra Thompson, BJS Statistician
Collection Period

2008, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018, and 2021


Administered to persons age 16 or older who completed an in-person National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) interview, the Identity Theft Supplement (ITS) asks respondents if they had experienced identity theft during the past 12 months. The ITS encompasses several types of identity theft, such as the misuse of an existing account, misuse of personal information to open a new account, and other misuses of personal information. Persons who had reported experiencing at least one incident in the past 12 months were asked to describe characteristics of the most recent incident and its effects.

Date Created: May 28, 2021