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Do you have papers with sensitive info to shred?


Beaverton police offer free event to safely dispose of financial documents

The Beaverton Police Department is offering an opportunity for the public to safely recycle documents containing personal information on Saturday.

The event will be held at Tektronix, 13975 S.W. Karl Braun Drive, in Beaverton from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“Identity theft and fraud crimes are on the rise,” said Officer Mike Rowe, Beaverton police spokesman. “The city of Beaverton wants to help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and fraud by keeping your personal information away from the hands of thieves.

“One of the methods thieves use to steal your information is combing through recycling and garbage for sensitive information that has been thrown away.”

For this reason, the Beaverton Police Department recommends and encourages citizens to use a shredder (preferably cross-cut) for sensitive documents, such as credit card statements, financial statements, pre-approved credit card offers, old tax forms, bank checks, household bills and other documents that may contain sensitive information, he added.

Cintas Document Management will be on site with two commercial-sized shredding trucks for this event. Items no larger than staples and paper clips may be attached to the papers. Because of the popularity of this event, each vehicle will only be allowed three banker-style boxes. This event is not for business documents, it is for personal documents only that contain personal information that if thrown out could lead to identity theft.

Service will be on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to the capacity of the two shredding trucks.

“We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause should the capacity be reached,” Rowe said.

Participants are encouraged to donate canned food to the Oregon Food Bank at the shredding event.