CARMEL, Ind. (WISH) — Nearly 1 in 10 Hoosiers was a victim of identity theft last year. On Saturday, WISH-TV will team up with Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana to help reverse that trend.
In almost every case of identity theft, personal information is exposed because it wasn’t properly destroyed.
Experts recommend shredding the following items to help reduce the risk:
- Bank statements
- Credit card offers
- Credit card convenience checks
- Canceled credit cards
- Canceled checks
- Pay stubs
- Old photo IDs
- Tax returns older than three years
You can safely shred those documents during Crime Stoppers’ bi-annual Shred-It Day on Saturday, April 26. Personal documents will be shredded on site while you watch.
Police and the Drug Enforcement Agency will also accept old prescription drugs at the event that will be destroyed safely. Computers, small appliances and other electronics will also be accepted for recycling.
Shred-It Day is Crime Stoppers’ largest annual fundraiser. Money raised helps pay rewards for tips that lead to arrests.
A $5 donation is requested for each box of documents. You can drop off small appliances, electronics and prescription drugs for free.
Shred-It events will be held at the following locations from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.:
- Carmel High School Stadium, 2450 E. 136th Street in Carmel
- Speedway Police Headquarters, 1410 North Lynhurst Drive in Speedway
- Greenwood Park Mall, 1251 US Highway 31 North in Greenwood
- Cumberland Police Headquarters, 11501 E. Washington Street in Cumberland
- Downtown Indianapolis at 1000 N. Meridian St.
In addition to the five Crime Stoppers Shred It events, you can also drop off prescription drugs at state police posts throughout Indiana. For a full list, click here.