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Community Shred Day Set for Saturday, October 13


The second of this year’s biannual Community Shred Days has been set for Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds (500 Wedgewood Avenue).

Shred Day events are designed to help prevent families and businesses from becoming the victims of identity theft, while, at the same time, helping ensure the viability of Nashville’s Crime Stoppers Program.

Middle Tennesseans are welcome to bring all of their sensitive documents they no longer want or need to the fairgrounds (enter from Nolensville Pike) on October 13, where the paper will be destroyed on the spot by a mobile high-speed cross shredder provided by Shred-it, a Security Company, the world’s leading on-site document destruction firm. The only cost is a minimum $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.

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 Metro police officers will collect prescription medications that are outdated and/or no longer needed and dispose of them in an environmentally safe manner.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.
Auto Theft detectives will also be on hand on October 13 offering VIN etching for a minimum $10 donation to Crime Stoppers. VIN etching involves the use of acid to etch small vehicle identification numbers into every window of the vehicle and is a deterrent to theft.

For 29 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 the clearance of more than 200 murders, 700 armed robberies and 300 burglaries. Those tips have also led to the apprehension of more than 4,000 fugitives. Crime Stoppers’ reward payout since 1983 totals more than $530,000. The funds come from donations made by area businesses and individuals. No tax dollars are ever used to pay Crime Stoppers rewards.

The first of this year’s Community Shred Days on April 21 raised a total of $3,555.

Photo of a previous community shred day