As a recent victim of identity theft, Von Daniels is doing her best to keep it from happening again.
Daniels was the first person to arrive Friday at 401 Walton Way for the first “Community Shred Day” which was offered by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office.
“A lot of people don’t own personal shredders, so this service means a great deal,” said Daniels, an executive assistant with the sheriff’s office. “I know what it’s like to have your identity stolen, and from now on, I’ll do whatever it takes to prevent that from happening again.”
The sheriff’s office hired an on-site truck from Augusta Data Storage to professionally destroy private documents from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
During the event, Sheriff Richard Roundtree spent time greeting dozens of citizens who took advantage of the free service. According to Roundtree, he hopes to make this an annual event.
“It’s great to see people being diligent with their personal documents,” said Butch Holley, an account manager for Augusta Data Storage. “Identity theft is a serious issue.”
Augusta Data Storage shreds an average of 60 thousand pounds of paper each week and urges people to use caution when it comes to storing personal documentation.
According to the company, any record that has surpassed its retention period or is simply no longer relevant and contains private information should be professionally destroyed. Those items include bank statements, budgets, business plans, canceled checks, client lists, financial statements and health and safety details.
“I’m extremely grateful for this,” said Darby Sullivan, of Augusta, who arrived at the sheriff’s office at 10:15 a.m. “This is something that you don’t really think about doing, but at the same time it’s very important. The last thing you want is for your personal records to get into the wrong hands.”
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