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Reminder--Community Shred Day is This Saturday

4/4/2013

April 4, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A reminder that the first of this year’s two Community Shred Days is set for this Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the main parking lot of LP Field.
          
Sponsored by Crime Stoppers, the Metro Police Department and the Tennessee Department of Consumer Affairs, the event provides families and businesses an opportunity to protect themselves from becoming victims of identity theft.  
          
Citizens are encouraged to bring all of their sensitive documents they no longer want or need to the stadium.  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  Metro police officers will collect prescription medications that are outdated and/or no longer needed and dispose of them in an environmentally safe manner.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.  The etching service can be provided for any vehicle with glass-type windows, including Jeeps with removable doors, golf carts and motorcycles.

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