Grand Island Shred Day Helps Protect Residents from Identity Theft

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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- Identity theft is a crime that is on the rise in the U.S. and thieves are finding easier and easier ways to get the information they need. So shredding documents with that information is a must, but sometimes doing it at home is not enough.

Saturday in Grand Island, the Paper Dragon allowed people to drop off papers and shred them for only a donation of $5 per box.

Those at Paper Dragon said throwing away the shreddings at home is still dangerous.

"Really all you need is their name, their social security number, birthday, just a few key pieces of information like that," said Jared Rogers, the General Manager of the Paper Dragon. "You can set up credit cards in their name, you can do all sorts of things like that and so we see more and more as time goes on the need for paper shredding industry has grown over the last few years because of that."

Saturday's Shred Day raised $2,081 through donations. One-hundred percent of that money will be split between Crimestoppers and the Grand Island Child Advocacy Center.