Yes, criminal penalties for identity theft should be harsher. Identity theft is a huge crime, resulting in financial as well as emotional distress for its victims. With such lax punishments, offenders will only be encouraged to commit such crimes. I believe that harsher punishments for identity thieves would result in deterence and hopefully a reduction in this crime.
Criminal penalties for identity theft should definitely be harsher because they are extremely serious crimes. The effects of identity theft are not short lived, so why should the penalties be short lived? Victims of identity theft are left to pick up the pieces for years in some cases. If the penalties were harsher, perhaps this would dissuade potential offenders from getting involved with identity theft altogether.
Identity theft should be treated with the utmost seriousness. When someone gets their identity stolen, they can lose thousands of dollars and it takes a long time to fix the wrongs that were done. If caught stealing an identity, you should get a long jail sentence as well as having to pay the person back.
I think that criminals caught stealing identities should face harsher penalties. I think the problem of theft identity is a major one in the United States of America today. And with the invention and popularity of the Internet, such crimes have only become more of a problem. I think harsher penalties will help discourage such acts.
One of the reasons that many people feel that new, more stringent
identity theft punishments should be put in place is to help ease the
financial burden on private citizens. According to the FTC, a 2006
study showed that identity theft victims spent an average of $792 on