It appears that state’s first-ever shred-a-thon was a success.
The state Attorney General’s Office reported that about 6,000 participate in the event Saturday at 29 locations throughout Washington, including five in the South Sound.
The event allowed people to bring in bags of papers and junk mail that carry personal information that could be used by no-good identity thieves.
Here’s a few tidbits from the Attorney General’s Office:
- A man who visited the Tacoma Police Department site brought bank statements and cancelled checks he had collected since 1965.
- Several people who brought papers to the Gig Harbor event indicated that relatives had recently died and they were settling their family’s estate.
- A person who visited the Bellevue event learned yesterday that he had become an identity theft victim and sought advice from experts there.
Preliminary attendance totals for each location are listed below:
Gig Harbor: Rainier Pacific Bank, 3123 56th St. Ct. N.W., 160 people. Shredding donated by LeMay Mobile Shredding.
Lakewood: Key Bank at Lakewood Towne Center, 10439 Gravelly Lake Dr. S.W., 320 people. Shredding donated by Recall Total Information Management.
Lacey: South Sound Center, 651 Sleater Kinney Rd., 193 people. 10,000 pounds shredded by Data Base Secure Records Destruction. Co-sponsored by Lacey Police.
Puyallup: Rainier Pacific Bank-South Hill branch, 109 35th Ave. S.E., 180 people. Shredding donated by LeMay Mobile Shredding.
Sumner: Red Apple parking lot, 822 Alder St., 317 people. 11,500 pounds shredded by LeMay Mobile Shredding.
Tacoma: Tacoma Police Department, 3701 South Pine St., 255 cars. Shredding donated by Iron Mountain.