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LA sheriffs hold shredding event for ID theft awareness

June 11, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and others held an event Saturday to alert the community of identity theft.

The sheriff's Identity Theft Task Force, Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers and the document destroying service Shred-It hosted the shredding event.

It was designed to heighten public awareness about identity theft and teach people that they can protect themselves by destroying documents with personal information, rather than simply disposing of them in non-secure places such as garbage bags.

"People should care about their privacy and shred their personal documents and anything confidential because a lot of people, they just throw it away, and it gets into the wrong hands and people's IDs get stolen," said Nicole Nishida with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

There was no charge for shredding documents, but donations were collected for charities like the March of Dimes and Sheriff's Youth Foundation.