The Beaverton Police Department will be offering an opportunity for you to safely recycle documents containing personal information on Saturday. This 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 continue to be of great concern for all of us," said Officer Mike Rowe, Beaverton police spokesman. "The city of Beaverton would like to help you avoid becoming a victim of identity theft and fraud by keeping your personal information away from the hands of identity thieves.

"One of the methods identity 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 IRS tax forms, bank checks, household bills and other documents that may contain sensitive information, Rowe 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 two 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 commercial-sized shredding trucks from Cintas.

"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.

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