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FLORENCE — The Pinal County Attorney’s Office will host two shredding events for area residents.

The free shredding days are aimed at giving residents a chance to properly dispose of important paperwork and sensitive documents. Each person attending the event may bring up to five 13-gallon trash bags worth of documents to be shredded.

Among the documents generally shredded are:

  • Old tax and IRS communications,
  • Old bills with account information,
  • Old records with name, Social Security number and address,
  • Old medical records,
  • Old bank records.

“The best assistance that I can provide to you as a victim of identity theft is to do everything we can to prevent you from ever being a victim,” Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer said. “Once your identity is stolen, there is very little we can do to make you whole or give you your life back.”

The two upcoming shredding days are:

  • Oct. 16, from 9 to 11 a.m. at Superior Town Hall, 199 N. Lobb in Superior.
  • Nov. 20, from 9 to 11 a.m. in Anthem Community Park, 3313 N. Anthem Way in Florence.

While the service is provided free of charge, those going to the event in Superior in October, which is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, are asked to bring a donation to benefit Pinal County abuse shelters. Donations may include toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and hygiene products.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.

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