Welcome to 2012... where identity theft is a true and real problem... about an 18 billion dollar problem nationwide last year alone. But First Victoria National Bank and LifeLock Inc. are ready to help ease your mind.

A new partnership offers First Victoria National Bank customers a new way to protect important information. The bank recently joined with identity theft protection company LifeLock, Inc. to offer customers and bank employees protection at reduced price, according to a joint news release.

The Victoria Advocate reports a Javelin Strategy survey said that last year, identity theft cost people $18 billion nationwide, according to the release. First Victoria evaluated numerous programs on product effectiveness, ease of enrollment, value and more before deciding on LifeLock. It is the first bank in the nation to create such a program that includes both customer and employee enrollment directly through the bank, according to the release.

Those interested can enroll at any First Victoria branch or by phone, mail or online. Plus customers can pay through automatic deductions from their First Victoria checking accounts. First Victoria is committed to helping customers navigate today's environment with greater overall safety and security, Ken Olan, First Victoria's chief retail and marketing officer, said in the release. "We're their bank of choice, and we have an obligation to continually seek out better solutions for them," he said.

For more information, visit firstvictoria.com