Shred Days: Disposes of 19 tons of paper, curbs identity theft

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Nineteen tons…that’s a whole lot of paper. In fact, it’s about two and a half times the size of an elephant.

That’s about how much paper was shredded during the Attorney General’s annual state-wied Shred Days event.

The Consumer Protection Division partners with other groups to reduce the amount of identity theft in the state by safely disposing of personal records.

It was the 12th year for the event which took place in four cities. A little under 1,200 people participated.

“The turnout for this event confirms consumers’ awareness of the importance of shredding sensitive documents,” said General Hood. “At a time where personal information is considered gold, it’s important to take the proper steps to protect our identity. This free service to the state wouldn’t be possible without our sponsors, who together are helping Mississippians avoid becoming victims of identity theft.” 
                                                                                               
The totals for both poundage and turnout are included below along with a comparison to last year’s results:
 
POUNDS
Jackson……………………16,830 lbs
Tupelo……………………….8,000 lbs
Hattiesburg……………….…6,440 lbs
D ’Iberville……………………7,020 lbs
 
Each year more and more people participate. There was an overall increase of 354 people statewide for 2018.
 

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