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Chamber offering free paper shredding

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- Residents who want to dispose of documents in a safe way can do so at the fourth annual Shred Day sponsored by the Covington-Newton County Chamber of Commerce and Newton Federal Bank.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in the parking lot of Antiques and Stuff at 2177 Elm St. A Cut Above Shredding of Conyers will handle the shredding.

"(The event started) because there was so much identity theft. It was a really big topic in the news. We wanted to do it to protect the citizens in Newton County," said Ron Carter, information specialist with the Chamber.

Some will be done on site, but large quantities will likely have to be done at the company's headquarters.

"If you do want to watch them shred it will take a little while. If you come in with three or four boxes you may be here for a while if you want to watch, depending on how backlogged they are," Carter said.

According to the FBI, identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world and affects between 500,000 and 700,000 Americans each year.

The event is free and open to the entire community. All those who participate will receive a certificate stating that their documents have been legally and officially shredded.

Businesses and individuals have taken advantage of the event in the past, he said. By law, businesses must comply with regulations that require you to protect certain vital information when it is discarded and employees have a legal right to have personal information protected by shredding before it is discarded.

Donations for the nonprofit organization Newton Mentoring Inc., which recruits and trains adult mentors to work with students in the Newton County School System, will be accepted at the event.