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Curb ID theft

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By Chris Sardelli

csardelli@thelancasternews.com

Lancaster County officials hope to curb identity theft with a special event for residents this weekend.

Sponsored by Lancaster County Public Works, Lancaster County Records Management and the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, the identity theft event from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday will give county residents a chance to dispose of sensitive documents, while at the same time learn strategies for protecting against identity theft.

Blake Evans, Lancaster County recycling coordinator and educator and an organizer of the event, has received several calls from residents concerned about leaving important documents in their regular trash.

“A lot of people are concerned when their trash is carried away. They’re afraid their Social Security number might blow away,” Evans said.

To help residents combat identity theft, there will be a document shredding program at the Lancaster County Administration Building. Residents may bring important documents they would like to shred in a sealed cardboard box no larger than 3 feet by 1 foot high. There is a limit of four boxes per household. The S.C. Department of Corrections will be on site to collect the documents, and will then transport them to a safe location where they will be shredded.

“They will be taken off site and safely shredded so none of the important documents will be seen,” Evans said. “You can guarantee your identity will not be revealed and no documents will get out.”

The sheriff’s office will also be present to hand out information regarding identity theft.

Depending on the turnout, Evans hopes they could make the shredding program an annual event.

“It’s a good service we’re putting together,” he said. “We’re looking forward to a good turnout.”

Also as part of the event, residents will be able to recycle old televisions. There will be a green open-top container in the parking lot where people can dispose of their old televisions. Evans expects to see an increase in electronic recycling this year mainly due to the switch from analog to digital TV signals.

Both recycling services are free to the public, but businesses are not allowed to participate.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli  at 416-8416