Tennessee’s Department of Commerce and Insurance and the Davidson County Sheriff’s office are teaming up to promote identity theft awareness. The two agencies will host a free shredding event from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Lot D at LP Field, One Titans Way, Nashville.
“This event enables consumers to safely shred and dispose of their outdated, private records,” Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak said. “The participation of the Davidson County Sheriff’s office speaks to the impact of identity theft.”
The department’s consumer affairs unit will have personnel available to hand out information on identity theft prevention and to answer consumers’ questions.
In addition, members of the Davidson County Sheriff’s office will be on hand to collect unwanted, unused prescription drugs. The collection allows consumers to safely dispose of unused prescriptions while helping to ensure the water supply is protected and reducing the risk of prescription drug overdose and abuse.
“Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in Tennessee,” said Consumer Affairs Director Gary Cordell. “Identity thieves have been known to rifle through trash cans and large garbage bins in search of private documents, bills or other papers containing consumers’ personal information. Our goal is to encourage consumers to shred old documents that contain personal information before discarding them, in an effort to deter identity thieves.”
“The Davidson County Sheriff’s office is proud to be a partner in this community event and hopes Nashville residents will take advantage of the opportunity to properly dispose of outdated or unnecessary medications as well as shred important documents to avoid identity theft,” Davidson County Sheriff Daron Hall said. “Take action and do what you can to prevent yourself from being a victim of crime.” There will be a two-box maximum per vehicle, five-box maximum for businesses.
The Federal Trade Commission estimates that more than nine million identity thefts occur in the United States every year.