Wheat Ridge Police Partner Up for Annual Shred-a-thon

Wheat Ridge, CO ~ The Wheat Ridge Police Department has partnered with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, 9News and the Shred-it Inc, document shredding company to participate in the annual Shred-a-thon document shredding event. The Shred-a-thon will take place this weekend on May 18th from 7 a.m. to noon at the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office located at 200 Jefferson County Parkway in Golden. “The Shred-a-thon is a great opportunity for the public to prevent identity theft by bringing personal documents to a safe location to be shredded.” explains Wheat Ridge Police Chief Dan Brennan. Last year nearly 460,000 pounds of paper was shredded.

Every year the Shred-a-thon event raises money for the Denver metro area CrimeStoppers. CrimeStoppers is a non-profit that supports our local law enforcement agencies by offering cash rewards to anyone who can help solve crimes anonymously. CrimeStoppers will be accepting voluntary donations at each Shred-a-thon site. Last year, approximately $82,000 was donated to CrimeStoppers through the Shred-a-thon.

Anyone can take their documents to be shredded at the event. Some documents the Wheat Ridge Police Department’s Crime Prevention Team suggests participants bring to shred include medical bills or information, credit card receipts, old checks, bank statements, retirement statements and old pay stubs. By shredding these documents you can greatly decrease the chances that you will be a victim of identity theft. We do ask that you do not bring old newspapers or phone books. A maximum of 3 copy paper boxes or kitchen bags per person can be shredded. Please do not bring any boxes or bags you would like to keep.

For more information please contact Sgt. Kevin Armstrong of our Crime Prevention Team at 303-237-2935.

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