HPD: Help Us Help You Prevent Identity Theft This Holiday Season

November 30, 2015

The Houston Police Department wants to remind citizens to protect their identities and financial information this holiday season.

The upcoming holiday season is a time of year when people are busy, tend to be distracted and are making more purchases than normal. The department offers the following tips to prevent identity theft:

  • Do not carry your social security card
  • Be aware of what personal information you put on social media
  • Make strong passwords that don’t include personal information
  • Regularly change your password every couple of months
  • Click with caution. Before you buy from a website you are not familiar with, check to see if it is a verified site or research other consumers’ experiences
  • Check your credit report annually for free, and closely monitor your bank accounts
  • Never give personal information over the phone, through mail or on the Internet unless you have initiated contact and know who you are speaking with
  • Never send money to receive money

Lieutenant C. Lohse, an investigator with HPD’s Financial Crimes Unit, talks about why this time of year is most popular for identity thieves on the HPD YouTube Channel.

This initiative is part of HPD’s “Help Us, Help You” campaign aimed at sharing information and educating citizens on crime prevention and everyday tips related to public safety in our city.

At this time of year, we receive inquiries regarding your annual assessment statement and when payment is due. Typically, the assessment statements are mailed out immediately after the District's last board meeting of the year.

In order to avoid penalty and interest (which accrues on February 1st), your annual assessment payment must be postmarked by January 31st.

Payments should be made payable to the District and mailed to:
Equi-Tax Inc.
Tax Assessor/Collector
P. O. Box 73109
Houston, TX 77273

Please do NOT mail or deliver assessment payments to the management district office.

You may also obtain a copy of your statement at www.equitaxinc.com

For information regarding your billing, please call the Equi-Tax Customer Service Line at 281-444-3946 from Mon-Thur 8 am until 4:30 pm.

For information regarding ownership, address or appraised value, please call the Harris County Appraisal District at 713-957-7800.