CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) - Identity theft is on the rise, but you can reduce your risk of becoming a victim by properly disposing of your personal information. WISH-TV is once again teaming up with Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana to host a "Shred It" event this weekend.
This year's event in Carmel will be held at a different location due to traffic restrictions from the Carmel Marathon. You can drop off documents like bank statements, tax returns, canceled credit cards and checks from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday April 20 in the PETCO parking lot at 116th Street and Keystone Parkway.
Disposing of that information properly can be critical.
"Identity theft is not going away, even though we're moving toward paperless type of billing systems," said CrimeStoppers of Central Indiana coordinator Sgt. Steve DuBois. "Everybody has their taxes. Everybody has paper that's somewhere that has their name and identifiers on it and it needs to be disposed of properly. This is just one way we can help the citizens do it."
All documents will be destroyed on site in one of four mobile shredding trucks.
"We take extreme care to make sure every document is shredded and it's all taken care of. And, then the paper will be recycled. So, not only is it shredded, but it will be mulched up and turned into new paper," DuBois said.
A $5 donation is requested for shredding. All proceeds from the event go to help fund CrimeStoppers of Central Indiana.
The event is the organization's largest annual fundraiser.
In addition to documents, you can also drop off small appliances, electronics and old prescription drugs for free. Large appliance home pickup can also be scheduled at the event.
Used books will also be accepted as donations to help support the Indy Reads literacy program.
Additional "Shred It" events will also be held Saturday in Greenwood, Lawrence, Speedway and downtown Indianapolis.
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