Red Deer RCMP is encouraging residents to prevent fraud and identity theft by shredding confidential documents.
On Wednesday, Red Deerians are invited to bring their confidential documents to the north Carnival Cinemas parking lot to take part it Red Deer Shred-It Day from noon to 6 p.m.
RCMP officers will be accepting documents, secured in locked bins, that will then be shredded on-site by Merlin Shredding.
Confidential documents may include tax returns, credit card statements and medical statements.
“Everyone has a responsibility to make sure their personal and confidential information is properly stored and disposed of,” said Red Deer RCMP Cpl. Mike Evans.
“When sensitive information falls into the wrong hands it can lead to fraud and identity theft which often results in financial loss.”
To comply with COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s Red Deer Shred-It Day will be a “drive up and drop off” style. Participants are asked to follow all signage and remain in their vehicle until an officer is ready to accept their items.
Attendees are asked to wear a mask if they need to get out of your vehicle. Individuals without a vehicle are welcome to participate and are asked to take extra caution when attending the event.
The event is geared toward individuals and families only. A three box/bag limit per family will be in effect and only paper documents will be accepted. Red Deer businesses are encouraged to explore commercial shredding service options.