HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The state attorney general's office Saturday offered Hattiesburg-area residents a quick, easy and free way to get rid of old bills, documents and other personal papers that could be subject to identity theft.
Representatives from that office, Cintas Document Management and BancorpSouth hosted the 8th annual Community Shred Day at BancorpSouth.
Local residents could bring up to five bags of sensitive documents to be destroyed.
The event was held in conjunction with National Consumer Protection Week.
"We're here to promote identity theft awareness," said Leigh Ann Cox, director of projects for the Consumer Protection Division of the Mississippi Attorney General's Office. "We're encouraging folks to come out to shred their personal information. If (identity thieves) can't get their information, they can't use it against them. I definitely think it's been a success and a free service to the folks in Mississippi," she said.
Similar events were also held Saturday in Meridian, Vicksburg, and D'Iberville. Community Shred Day was also held Friday in Jackson and Tupelo.