About Garth Christie
- Township Clerk
Garth Christie is a life-long resident of Redford and an honor graduate from Thurston High School, the University of Michigan Dearborn (B.A.), and Wayne State University (J.D.). He is a member in good standing of the State Bar of Michigan.
Board Meeting Information
Regular Board Meeting dates for 2016
January 12 & 26
February 9 & 23
March 15 & 29
April 12 & 26
May 10 & 24
June 14 & 28
August 9 & 23
September 13 & 27
October 11 & 25
November 15 & 29
Board of Trustee Meeting Dates
All meetings are held at 7:00p.m. at Town Hall, 15145 Beech Daly Road, Redford, MI.
Board of Trustee Special Meeting Notices
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, April 26th @ 6:00pm.
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, April 19th @ 6:00pm.
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, March 29th @ 6:00pm.
- Notice of Study Session of the Redford Township Board on Tuesday, January 12th @ 6:30pm.
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Clerk's Office: Township Hall
15145 Beech Daly Road
Redford, Michigan 48239
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by Garth Christie
The Oxford English Dictionary tells us that the phrase “identity theft” was coined in 1964; however, concern over this problem has been around a lot longer. An excerpt from William Shakespeare’s play Othello, written in 1603, is illustrative; “who steals my purse steals trash. . . But he that filches from me my good name robs me of that which not enriches him and makes me poor indeed.” The Bard of Avon only got it half right. In the intervening centuries, thieves have learned to enrich themselves by filching the good names of honest hardworking people.
Because of the hodgepodge of laws that can be clumped together as identity theft crimes e.g. mail fraud, credit card theft, bank fraud, etc., the extent of this crime is nebulous and estimates can vary significantly. In ballpark terms, this crime costs business nearly $50 billion a year and consumers $5 billion. Five to seven percent of Americans will be victims. The average loss is now estimated at $2,000 and will cost an additional $1,000 in repairs and require over 300 hours of the victim’s attention. The most common example is theft of credit card information.
Some effective techniques of filching a person’s good name are very low tech e.g. “shoulder surfing” is when a thief stands nearby to overhear or see information punched into a phone, “Dumpster diving” is a longtime favorite since an office or apartment common dumpster is a treasure trove of bank and credit card statements, medical bills and pre-approved loan applications. And the old fashioned pick pocket, purse snatcher, and burglar can never be forgotten.
Ten years ago, after I gave a brief update to a neighborhood association, I took questions. A nice lady asked me politely but firmly “Mr. Garth, if that’s your real name, I want to know why the city of Redford doesn’t have a document destruction day?” At the time, I didn’t even know what a document destruction day was and now we are still doing it, all because of a resident’s inquiry. We are unique, in that, in other communities it is held by the local chamber of commerce or Better Business Bureau, not the township clerk.
The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse has cited “failure to shred confidential information before throwing it into dumpsters” as the top shortcoming that needs to be corrected. I invite citizens to join me on Saturday, April 30th from 10 am to 2 pm (or when the truck fills) behind Township Hall and shred their sensitive documents thanks to the co-sponsorship of Community Choice Credit Union and Redford Rotary.