Identity theft is a very real threat. It can happen in a variety of ways, and from many different sources. One source that criminals use to get information on their victims comes in the mailbox.
People receive billing statements, IRS documents, medical statements and other forms of personal data through the mailbox all the time. In addition, they collect documents with sensitive, personal information throughout their lives.
For many years now, it has been recommended that these documents be disposed of by shredding before being thrown away. Shredding these documents reduces the chance that a criminal can use any of the information to commit crimes, or steal money or identity.
Often, a large amount of documents are produced in the disposition of an estate, or during a move. The amount of documents produced is often too great to handle with a personal shredder.
The city is providing free shredding services for Mansfield residents from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25 at City Hall, 1200 E. Broad St.
Because there is limited space, each household can bring up to five bags/boxes only. This service is provided for residents only; businesses are not allowed to participate.
Please bring a current water bill or driver’s license with a Mansfield address. For more information about this event, contact Howard Redfearn at 817-276-4240.