Protect yourself from ID theft by shredding documents

April 28, 2012 8:32:53 PM PDT
Houstonians took a step to protect themselves against identity theft by safely shredding their personal documents Saturday.

The city has teamed up with Data Shredding Services of Texas to provide sites where people can dispose of sensitive documents that shouldn't be tossed in the trash.

Saturday's event was held at the Houston Police Department Westside Station on South Dairy Ashford.

One pile of papers after another were handed over for shredding Saturday.

"Mostly credit card solicitation," Nancy Radecki said, telling us what she was having shredded. "Old credit cards, that kind of thing.

The city and DSS are providing this free service in hopes of curbing crimes like identity theft.

"People need to realize dumpster diving is the number one cause of identity theft now," said Scott Degrassi with DSS.

DSS estimates it will shred 20,000 to 30,000 pounds of documents this weekend alone, even allowing people to watch as their documents are securely destroyed.

"We have a shredder at home. It's just easier bringing it here," patron Katherine Bell said.

This was the first of many upcoming shredding events across Houston. They will be held monthly at different locations through August. Each event is a chance to protect yourself from crime.

If you were unable to make it Saturday, check out one of the following locations on the dates listed:

  • May 19, 10am-2pm: HPD North Station, 9455 West Montgomery Rd. - Houston 77088
  • June 23, 9am-1pm: Kingwood METRO Park and Ride, 3210 West Lake Houston Pkwy. - Kingwood 77339
  • July 28, 9am-1pm: HPD Eastside Station, 7525 Sherman - Houston 77012
  • August 11, 9am-1pm: HPD Clear Lake Station, 2855 Bay Area Blvd. - Houston 77058

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