The increases in cases wasn't matched by an increase in take, which rose only 7%, to $48 billion in the U.S.
Reason for the drop in ID thieves' haul? Increased consumer awareness of the problem, faster consumer and business response time when IDS theft is detected, quicker resolution of ID fraud incidents.
The result? Average take from an ID theft fell 31% last year, to $496 per stolen ID.
More good, or at least interesting news: According to Javelin, most ID theft remains opportunistic in origin: information from, for example, stolen wallets, is a more common starting point for ID theft than online acquisition of information.