Annual community shred day to be held

By WEEK Reporter

June 8, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:32 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- According to a research firm, one every three seconds, a person's identity is stolen.

That's why State Representative Jehan Gordon is hosting her 4th annual Community Shred Day Saturday.

The event invites the public to bring all their sensitive information from documents to hard drives to be safely shredded free of charge.

Gordon said when sensitive information is thrown in the regular garbage, it does not mean it's safe from identity thieves.

"There are more and more incidents of what they call garbage divers," said Gordon, " and that's people that will scour through your garbage cans in order to try and gain sensitive information, credit card information, social security information, maybe looking for check stubs hoping that they find some piece of information so they can use that in order to steal your identity"

The event takes place Saturday at the Landmark Recreation Center parking lot on Dries Lane in Peoria from 9 a.m. until noon.

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