The Sylvan Lake RCMP is encouraging residents to come to the detachment on Feb. 7 and shred their confidential or sensitive documents with operation ‘Shred-it’.
Disposing of sensitive documents by shredding them is one of the best ways to prevent fraud and identity theft, Sylvan Lake RCMP general investigative section administrator Taylor Wright said.
“There are lots of times when people who are interested in identity theft will go through people’s mailboxes, recycling bins, or garbage to see if they can find any documents that have personal information on them.”
“If they can access your name, date of birth, and address just based on those documents then they can wreak some havoc.”
Examples of documents that can be brought to be shredded at the event include:
- Tax returns
- Bank or credit card statements
- Medical documents
Other than the event providing a way for community members to safely dispose of documents it also allows the detachment to interact more with the individuals who show up, Wright said.
“It’s good for community relations and makes communication nice and transparent between us and the community.”
Individuals who come to drop off documents will be required to drop them off in a cardboard box.
“Just bring them in something so we don’t have a pile of loose documents floating about,” Wright said.
The event will take place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the detachment.