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The Commissioner's Report

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State Police warning:
Take steps to safeguard documents


Less than 25% of DMV facilities use any surveillance cameras, only 40% have panic alarms and a mere seven agencies have a law enforcement presence. In August, the Commission issued an interim report recommending that the State Police run a security assessment of DMV.

The State Police found that at agencies across New Jersey, DMV documents are compromised by fraud, theft, corruption, weak internal controls and a lack of identity verification. Agencies had substandard alarm and surveillance systems and often lacked the equipment necessary to detect counterfeit documents.

Although the Commission did not release its final report until November 7, DMV has already started to improve security. Alarm codes have been changed and locks are being upgraded. Ultraviolet lights and illuminated magnifiers are being purchased to detect counterfeit documents. Internal control procedures are being re-evaluated and additional investigators and auditors are being hired.
 
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  Last Updated:  January 20, 2005