IDENTITY THEFT http://www.paysonroundup.com/news/2009/feb/20/arizona_no_1_identity_theft/ Arizona is No. 1 for identity theft February 20, 2009 The statistics on identity theft in Arizona are startling. Almost 300,000 Arizonans had their identities stolen in 2007. Around 25 percent of the states residents have been victims of identity theft in the last six years, making Arizona the No. 1 state for identity theft four years running. The majority of complaints filed are by 18 to 29 year olds with only 8 percent filed by 60 year olds and older. You can take every other crime and combine it and it does not add up to the number of identity thefts. If you are the victim of identity theft, it costs on average $1,500, 607 hours plus $16,000 in lost wages to correct the theft, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center.