updated 2/17/2011 8:17:02 AM ET 2011-02-17T13:17:02

TEMPE, Ariz., Feb. 17, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- According to identity theft complaints made to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2009, the city of Miami ranked fourth in the nation with more than 10,400 filed during the calendar year. The same report shows that the state of Florida was No. 1 in the nation for complaints filed, per 100,000 population. As cases of identity theft continue to climb throughout the state, Chief Miguel A. Exposito and the Miami Police Department are committed to keeping law enforcement officials informed regarding the increasing threats of this crime and will host a free identity theft summit on February 24.

The FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) and LifeLock, Inc. have partnered to present an award-winning identity theft summit open to chiefs, sheriffs, investigative supervisors, fraud unit investigators, patrol officers and community policing personnel. The 8-hour course will provide law enforcement with instruction on the latest trends and techniques criminals are using to commit identity theft. Participants will also be provided with hands-on experience using the tools that criminals are using to commit identity theft and fraud.

As reports of identity theft continue to rise across the country, law enforcement officials are being pressured by residents throughout their communities to find a solution to help curb the crime. The identity theft summit presented by FBI-LEEDA and LifeLock allow the participants to not only get an inside look at the tools of the trade but also to learn investigative techniques that will allow them to work cases more efficiently both within and outside of their jurisdictions.

The Miami seminar will be held on Thursday, February 24 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Miami Police Department, 400 NW 2nd. Ave, Miami 33128. Law enforcement interested in participating can register online.

In addition to the law enforcement summits, LifeLock aims to further educate consumers on identity theft and empower them to start protecting themselves from one of the nation's fastest growing crimes by hosting numerous free educational presentations around the country. The LifeLock Speakers Series program provides attendees with a better understanding of the various risks associated with identity theft, current trends of the crime, and the diverse ways identity theft can happen.

About LifeLock

LifeLock, Inc. ( www.lifelock.com ) is an industry leader in proactive identity theft protection. Since 2005, LifeLock has been relentlessly protecting identities by providing consumers with the tools and confidence they need to help protect themselves from identity theft. The company has a strong focus on educating consumers and working with law enforcement and elected officials to better understand the increasing threats of identity theft. A multiple award-winning organization, LifeLock has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as the eighth fastest growing private company (2010), by Arizona Corporate Excellence as Arizona's Fastest Growing Company, and by the American Business Awards as having the Best New Product or Service of the Year for the LifeLock Identity Alert™ system.

CONTACT: Cortney Lanik
         Manager, Educational Programs

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