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Published October 16, 2013, 05:18 PM

Free document-shredding event held to avoid identity theft

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. And in Fargo, an event is underway to add a layer of security for free.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. And in Fargo, an event is underway to add a layer of security for free.

Today and tomorrow, Record Keepers and The Village Family Services Center teamed up to shred old documents and computer drives.

It's the sixth year the two companies have held the event.

Organizers expect around 300 people will take advantage of the service.

Each person is allowed to bring up to 100 pounds worth of documents, and two computer drives to be destroyed.

Joshua Huffman, The Village Financial Resource Center: "We all have bank statements, credit card statements. The junk mail that comes with the pre-approved credit card offers, old tax documents, check stubs, and all these things that have our personal information. And we don't just want to throw them in the trash. Because, if we do that, that's when identity thieves get a lot of the information."

The event runs from 8 to 1 tomorrow at 1201 25th Street South.

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