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One of the most successful ways of preventing identity theft is by shredding documents that contain personal information, according to a news release from James City County Police.
Which is why the James City County Police Department will be hosting its sixth annual Shred-A-Thon from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 8.
According to the Department of Justice, an estimated 17.6 million Americans were victims of identity theft in 2014, the release stated.
During the event, each citizen will have the opportunity to bring one grocery bag of documents to be shredded and disposed of free of charge. After the first bag, each additional bag will be shredded for $5.
Proceeds will support the Department’s annual “Shop with a Cop” event and other community outreach and crime prevention programs, the release stated.
The “Shop with a Cop” program is an annual initiative that pairs children in need with officers and gives them a chance to shop together for gifts during the holiday season, the release stated.
This year’s Shred-A-Thon will take place at the Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse at 5201 Monticello Avenue from 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 8.