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November 13th, 2009
County shredding program guards against ID theft


Most everyone in America is aware of identity theft and how easy it can be to usurp someone’s credit rating, or even get a new card, using the victim’s thrown away information.

NBC’s Today show had a series of spots devoted to how easy it is to go through a person’s trash and use information from the thrown-away bills. While some of the tales may seem apocryphal, the fact is that the only safe way to dispose of personal information is to properly shred it.

Hays County is offering residents the opportunity to have their sensitive personal papers and unnecessary financial documents shredded, free of charge, to help them avoid becoming victims of identity theft.

The county, working with Cintas Document Management of Buda, will accept and shred boxes of personal papers at several specified times and places this weekend.

“Start sorting through your household papers that have your name, address and other information that could be used to steal your identity, box them up, and bring them to one of our shredding locations,” said Ron Knott, Director of Maintenance for Hays County. “Don’t make sensitive information available to potential thieves by throwing those documents out in the trash.”

Only documents from individuals, not businesses, will be accepted for shredding. The shredded documents will then be recycled by Cintas. Cintas is AAA certified by the National Association for Information Destruction.

Shredding will be available on Friday from 8 a.m. to noon at the County Courthouse in San Marcos.

On Saturday, it will be at the Precinct 3 Office in Wimberley, 114306RR 12, from 8-10 a.m. and at the Precinct 4 Office, 195 Roger Hanks Parkway, in Dripping Springs from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Shredding will be also be available at Lowes Home Improvement parking lot, 5753 Kyle Parkway, in Kyle from 2-4:30 p.m. on Saturday.

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0 thoughts on “County shredding program guards against ID theft

  1. Do we have so much trouble tearing paper into tiny pieces that we have to ask or be asked by someone else to do it for us? Does this not strike anyone else as a strange realization regarding the true nature of self-reliance and individualism in modern day Texas? Maybe I’ve just had too much caffeine today but my Texas roots just withered a bit.

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