This weekend, Hampton Roads residents can safely get rid of old papers and sensitive documents they’ve been holding onto without even getting out of their cars.
The Newport News Sheriff’s Office (NNSO) is hosting its annual Shred Day on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the John B. Todd Stadium on Warwick Blvd.
People can drive through the parking lot and volunteers will remove documents from their vehicles for free, on-site disposal.
Deputies will direct visitors to enter the parking lot from Minton Drive and exit onto Warwick Blvd. NNSO asks that businesses do not participate. The event is for individuals only.
NNSO and its partner, Stealth Shredding, have teamed up to fight identity theft by helping citizens shred and recycle their documents to the highest level of security shredding standards.
According to the sheriff’s office, most households collect papers that contain very private information each year.
Every month, people receive documents containing sensitive information like account numbers, credit card receipts and bank statements.
It is important to shred these documents because once they are thrown in the trash and leave the house, they pass through several stages of processing on their way to landfill or the incinerator.
If they land in the wrong hands, they can be used to impersonate you or someone you know.
Shred Day is a free event that Sheriff Gabe Morgan offers each year to help individuals and families protect themselves from identity theft.
By hosting it, NNSO hopes to prevent identity theft, dumpster diving and information-based fraud.
“We want you to be confident that your sensitive information is not exposed, stolen or abused,” the sheriff’s office said on its website.
NNSO encourages residents to continue to recycle non-confidential papers and magazines.
Shred Day is sponsored by the locally-owned and operated Stealth Shredding, Inc.