Hundreds take part in free shredding event

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 4:35 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 14 at 1:06 PM

BOISE -- Identity theft is one of the nation's fastest growing crimes and today hundreds of people took time out to make sure they won't become a statistic by shredding sensitive documents.

Since 2005, the Better Business Bureauhas hosted several free shredding events.

Dale Dixon with the BBB expects about 600 people to stop by and drop off old checks, bank statements and records.

"We encourage them to be very careful with their sensitive documents. Understand identity theft is a real crime, and people are out there looking for the opportunity to steal your identity, and if you can shred the paper it's a major step to protecting yourself," said Dixon.

For the first time this year the BBB accepted old computers.

Dixon says the hard drives on the computers are wiped clean and then donated to Second Life for Kids.

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