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Community Shred Day Set for Saturday, April 6th, at LP Field

3/25/2013

March 25, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For the fourth consecutive year, the Metropolitan Police Department and Crime Stoppers are sponsoring two Community Shred Days in 2013 to help prevent families and businesses from becoming the victims of identity theft.
          
This year’s first event, which is being co-sponsored by the Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs, will be held Saturday, April 6th, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the main parking lot of LP Field.
          
Middle Tennesseans are encouraged to bring all of their sensitive documents they no longer want or need to the stadium on April 6th.  The paper will be destroyed on the spot by mobile high-speed cross shredder equipment provided by Shred-it, a Securit Company, the world’s leading on-site document destruction firm.  The only cost is a $5 tax deductible donation to Crime Stoppers per banker box of records.  All proceeds will go to Crime Stoppers’ reward fund, which is used to help solve serious felony crimes in the Nashville community.  
          
Detectives from the police department’s Fraud Unit will be on hand to pass out tips on identify theft prevention and to answer any questions from citizens.
          
Also included on the same site will be Crime Stoppers’ Pharma Trash Disposal.  Metro police officers will collect prescription medications that are outdated and/or no longer needed and dispose of them in an environmentally safe manner.  It has been estimated that up to 89% of consumers dispose of their medications improperly by putting them in household trash or flushing them down a toilet.  
          
Additionally, detectives from the police department’s Auto Theft Unit will offer VIN etching during next month’s LP Field event.  Etchings will be performed free with a suggested $10 donation to Crime Stoppers.  VIN etching involves the use of acid to etch a small vehicle identification number into every window of the automobile as a theft deterrent.  It not only provides law enforcement with easy access to the VIN in the unlikely event the car is stolen, it also provides identification of the vehicle should parts be removed and sold.
          

For more than 30 years, Nashville Crime Stoppers has provided an avenue for persons to anonymously report information on crimes and criminal suspects to the police department.  Literally thousands of tips have been received, resulting in more than 9,600 cases being solved.  They include 208 homicides, 738 robberies, 309 burglaries and 1,842 narcotics cases.  Crime Stoppers’ reward payout since 1983 stands at $545,850 and increases every month.  The funds come from donations made by area businesses and individuals as well as special events like Community Shred Day.  No tax dollars are ever used.     

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 Photo of a previous shred day event