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Gloucester County To Hold BIG Shredding Event June 17th The event will help people destroy documents with personal information and prevent Identity Theft

(Woodbury, NJ) - For the first time Gloucester County will sponsor its new BIG Shredder Event on June 17th from 8 am to 12 noon in the rear parking lot of Gloucester County Institute of Technology.  An industrial size shredder truck will be on site to destroy documents at this free event.

"We are holding this event to make it easy for people to get rid of documents they keep that should be destroyed," said Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney.  "We are all guilty of hanging on to paperwork and often it contains personal information that, if in the wrong hands, could lead to identity theft," Sweeney said.

Freeholder Director Sweeney noted that the county has made protecting residents from identity theft a priority.  "In addition to this shredding event, and another later in the year, our Office of Consumer Protection and the County Clerk's Office have been out speaking to groups and organizations about what they can do to protect themselves from being victims of identity theft.  We are also planning a consumer symposium in September," the Director stated.

"Knowledge of how to protect yourself and acting on that knowledge, like shredding personal documents like bank records and credit card statements, takes the power away from identity predators," said Sweeney. 

The BIG Shredding event, a team effort between the Board of Freeholders, County Office of Consumer Protection, County Clerk Jim Hogan and the Gloucester County Prosecutors Office, will allow residents to box up their documents and either drop them off at a drive-thru or wait with them to be destroyed.

Freeholder Bill Krebs, liaison to Consumer Affairs said that the shredding will be performed by DocuVault, a Gloucester County company located in Thorofare.

"The shredding process will be very secure," said Freeholder Bill Krebs. "There will be Sheriff Officers present, investigators from Consumer Protection and law enforcement personnel from the County Prosecutor's Office as well as security staff from DocuVault to ensure your documents are destroyed," Krebs said.

There will be two options for residents when they arrive for the shredding event.  Residents can either deliver their documents right to the shredding truck and witness the shredding, or for faster service, there will be a cordoned off area, with security, where residents can drive-thru and drop off documents and leave them and they will be shredded later that morning.

The shredding event will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2006 from 8:00 a.m. to Noon in the rear parking lot of the Gloucester County Institute of Technology, accessing the parking lot by entering through the Special Services School District driveway on Bankbridge Road, Deptford.

This event is opened to Gloucester County residents only and each household will be limited to 175 lbs of household paper or documents for shredding.  No businesses will be permitted.  Residents can call 384-6855 with questions about the event.