May 16, 2008 at 9:59 PM EST - Updated July 26 at 10:47 AM
Identity Theft Prevention Program Offered in May
Shred Identity Theft is a free, metro-wide, crime prevention campaign developed by the Central Virginia Crime Prevention Association in collaboration with Henrico, Chesterfield, and Richmond Police Departments, the Hanover Sheriff's Office, and Shred -itTM, a nation-wide document destruction company. The Shred Identity Theft program will be held on Saturday, May 17, between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM at Virginia Center Commons, 10101 Brook Road, Glen Allen. Citizens may bring up to four boxes (no larger than 10"x 13"x l8") of personal documents to be shredded on site in the Shred-it TM document destruction truck. Crime Prevention Officers and Crime Prevention Specialists will be available to answer questions about identity theft and to provide information about how citizens can protect themselves and their families. The Virginia State Police Insurance Fraud display will be there with information and giveaways.
Identity theft is a growing problem, so citizens are urged to clean out sensitive documents that need to be disposed of and bring them to this shredding event. Identity theft can wreak havoc in a person's life by ruining a person's credit or wiping out entire bank accounts, and it can take months or even years to clear one's name and financial records. Prevention and awareness are two crime-fighting tools that can help deter identity thieves.