If you have stacks of old documents that need to be securely thrown away, local police have you covered.
The James City County Police Department is hosting its annual Shred-A-Thon May 19 at the Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse, located at 5201 Monticello Avenue, according to a county news release.
Shredding will be done on-site from 8:30–11:30 a.m., and will be like a “drive-thru,” the release said.
Residents can bring one grocery bag of paper for free, then must pay $5 for each additional grocery bag. Shredding crews on-site can shred up to 10 bags of paper per person.
Instead of grocery bags, residents can also bring up to 5 file boxes of documents.
An estimated $16 billion was stolen from 15.4 million American citizens in 2016 because of identity theft incidents, according to the 2017 Identity Fraud Study released by Javelin Strategy & Research.
“One of the most successful ways of preventing identity theft is by shredding documents that contain personal information thieves use,” the release said.
Before bringing the documents for shredding, residents should remove all computer disks, binders, laminated paper and other non-paper materials from boxes prior to the event.
Staples, rubber bands and paper clips do not need to be removed.
Proceeds from the event will go to James City County’s annual Shop With a Cop program, which provides Christmas gifts and support to underprivileged children and families during the holidays.