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Saturday's Shred-A-Thon will take place at the W-JCC Courthouse. (Staff Photo)
Saturday’s Shred-A-Thon will take place at the W-JCC Courthouse. (File Photo)

The James City County Police Department is hosting its fifth annual Shred-a-Thon on Oct. 10 to combat identity theft and benefit families in need.

Shred-A-Thon is an annual opportunity for county residents to have their sensitive documents professionally shredded and discarded.

Proper shredding and disposal of documents containing sensitive informative is a key component of preventing identity theft, which affects more than 9.9 million people nationally each year according to a recent news release from the JCC Police Department. The most important documents to shred are ones with your full name and personal information on them.

Stealth Shredding, a Chesapeake-based company, will be on site at the Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse shredding documents and then transporting them away to be recycled.

Each citizen will have the opportunity to bring one grocery bag of documents to be shredded and disposed of free of charge. After that each additional bag will be shredded for $5.

All the proceeds from Shred-A-Thon will go toward the “Shop with a Cop” program, an annual initiative that pairs children in need with officers and gives them a chance to shop together for gifts during the holiday season.

Over the past four years, Shred-A-Thon has shredded more than 39,000 pounds of paper and raised over $14,000 for Shop with a Cop.

This year’s Shred-A-Thon will take place at the Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 10.