Upcoming free community shred days in Mississippi

Upcoming free community shred days in Mississippi

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the attorney general's office

Mississippi consumers will soon have an opportunity to take an important step in protecting themselves from becoming victims of identity theft. The 9th annual Community Shred Days, which will be March 6-7, 2015, are being held in conjunction with National Consumer Protection Week. This event provides a chance for consumers to shred their personal documents at no charge, a service provided courtesy of the Shred-It company.

The Community Shred Days will take place in six locations statewide. Consumers may bring up to five large garbage bags or boxes of documents to be shredded. Additionally, Magnolia Data Solutions will destroy computers and electronics (glass prohibited) at the Jackson and Vicksburg locations only. This event is limited to consumer documents, computers, and electronics. Monitors and televisions will not be accepted. There is no limit on the equipment. No businesses please.

Specific statewide locations are:

Friday, March 6th

7:30 am – 2:00 pm

The Home Depot

6325 I-55 North

Jackson, MS 39213

Wal-Mart Supercenter

3929 North Gloster Street

Tupelo, MS 38804

Saturday, March 7th

7:30 am – 2:00 pm

Wal-Mart Supercenter

2400 Hwy 19 North

Meridian, MS 39305

The Home Depot

50 Halls Ferry Park Road

Vicksburg, MS 39180


3101 Hardy Street

Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Wal-Mart Supercenter

3615 Sangani Blvd.

D'Iberville, MS 39540

"Although identity theft is not a violent crime, it is widespread and serious," said Attorney General Jim Hood. "Taking steps to shield your personal information that would make it easy for a criminal to steal your identity such as social security numbers, account numbers, and pin numbers is critical. We applaud Shred-It and our fellow sponsors for providing this opportunity to the public to be proactive in protecting their personal information."

Additional sponsors include: BancorpSouth, Better Business Bureau, Brightview Federal Credit Union, Center for Justice, Central Mississippi Planning and Development District, The Home Depot, The Leadership Council on Aging, Members Exchange, Mississippi Credit Union Association, Mississippi Department of Human Services Division of Aging and Adult Services, Mississippi State University Extension Service, Money Management International, Secretary of State's Office, Sunbelt Federal Credit Union, Trustmark Bank, Wal-Mart, and other Mississippi Consumer Partnership members.

For more information about the event, please visit www.agjimhood.com.