Hundreds take advantage of free document destruction event

From NBC12 News

CHESTERFIELD, VA (NBC12) - In the age of hi-tech identity thieves, protecting your personal information has never been more difficult.

With that in mind, the Better Business Bureau of Central Virginia lent residents a helping hand Saturday by collecting and destroying sensitive documents.

Advisors with the BBB recommend that you get rid of any personal documents that you no longer need.

They remind you it's not just credit card and bank statements that contain sensitive information.

"Personal information that the wrong guys could get a hold of and just wipe you out," said BBB spokesperson Tom Gallagher. "I was talking to one person here just a little bit ago and her mother was a victim of ID theft as a result of a phone bill. Just out of a phone bill, they were able to get into her personal information."

We don't have final numbers from the event but half-way through central Virginia residents had dropped off more than 3,000 pounds of paper to be shredded.

Local law enforcement agencies are also working all month to cut down the possibility for ID theft.

They are teaming up with the national company Shred-It to hold shredding events every Saturday in October.

People who want to take advantage of the free service can bring up to three boxes or four paper grocery bags full of documents to destroy.

Saturday, police were at the Crossings shopping center in Hopewell, collecting sensitive documents.

The final Shred-It event is next Saturday at the Ukrop's on Bell Creek Road South in Mechanicsville.

It's from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

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