The New York Times reports that regions with high concentrations of methamphetamine users also have high incidence of identity theft, in Meth Users, Attuned to Detail, Add Another Habit: ID Theft" (The article may require registration.)
Joe Morales, director of the Denver district attorney’s economic crime unit, is quoted as saying “Look at the states that have the highest rates of identity theft — Arizona, Nevada, California, Texas and Colorado,’’ Mr. Morales said. “The two things they all have in common are illegal immigration and meth.”
One former meth user describes having relied on identity theft as if it were a job and reinforces the risk of putting outgoing mail in your mailbox:
"They still put their checks in their own mailboxes, and that was one of the biggest things we did was watch for red flags on mailboxes. You’re sending your electricity bill, you have a check in there, that’s all the information we needed.”
It’s a thought provoking article.