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Shredfest Thursday

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) -- News Channel 5 and the team at Security Mobile Shredding will be shredding your documents for free at the Walmart on Highway 28 West in Alexandria Thursday from 9am-6pm.

The event is designed to protect you from identity theft.

News Channel 5's Brooke Buford gives you a preview of the event and the importance of shredding.

Hundreds of thousands of pounds of tiny pieces are all that's left after sending papers through an industrial shredder.

Experts say that's the best way to ensure that you're safe from identity theft.

"It happens all the time," said Sheree Gaspard of Security Mobile Shredding. "Anything that's in the trash is legal for people to take. They do take things out of the trash. They can learn so much about you by going through your trash.

The Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office says identity theft crimes are some of the most common they deal with. And, it's easier than you think to steal someone's identity.

"I tell people all the time," said Lt. Tommy Carnline of the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office. With your name and date of birth, I can get anything in the world on you. That's on the law enforcement side. People put their date of birth on Facebook. That's not a good idea. With a date of birth, you can get just about anything."

Simply ripping up your important documents isn't safe.

Only shredding them into tiny pieces is the way to ensure that they can't be put back together again.

"If your personal information is in there simply torn in half, that is so easy to put back together," said Gaspard.

Again, Shredfest is a free program for our viewers to shred their documents. You're allowed to bring up to five boxes per vehicle. No businesses, please.

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