ID Crime Down in USA

Reuters reports that in 2006, Americans lost about $49.3bn to criminals who stole their identities - an 11.5 per cent decline which may reflect increased vigilance among consumers and businesses, according to a studyby Javelin Strategy & Research .

Losses declined from a revised $55.7bn in 2005 and the average identity theft fraud fell nine per cent to $5,720 from $6,278, while the median - where half were larger and half were smaller - held steady at $750.