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Credit card evidence can help law enforcement nab thieves

October 2, 2012

People use credit cards for all sorts of purchases, however, in some cases the payment system can help solve a crime.

People use credit cards for all sorts of purchases, however, in some cases the payment system can help solve a crime.

The Tribune Democrat reports that authorities in Somerset, Pennsylvania, who were investigating a recent burglary at a church were able to track down the suspects after one of them left their own card at the scene of the crime. The source reports that Woodrow Douglas Engle II and Ian James Koval allegedly broke into the safe at Somorset Church and stole a credit card. However, it turns out that one of the criminals left his own credit card at the scene.

“(Koval and Engle) then proceeded to Somerset Trust ATM and used the (stolen)?card to retain $900 cash,” said officer Matthew Jones, in an interview with the source.

While preventing these types of thefts requires certain security systems, there are other ways to help protect the information exchanged at a credit card terminal. One of the most common and effective ways to do this is by achieving PCI compliance, which was formulated to help prevent data from getting into the wrong hands.

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