Shred it this weekend in Cloverdale

Shred-a-thon on Oct. 3 offers an easy way to reduce clutter and thwart identity thieves.

Residents in the Cloverdale area who are looking for an easy way to reduce clutter at home – and thwart identity thieves – are invited to an upcoming Shred-a-Thon.

The free, Oct. 3 event is being organized by the Surrey RCMP along with partners 1-800-Shredding and the City of Surrey.

The service is free, but donations of cash or non-perishable food items will be accepted on behalf of the Surrey Food Bank.

It’s being held on Saturday, Oct. 3  (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) at the Cloverdale Legion parking lot at 17567 57 Ave. That’s also the date of the third annual Fall Harvest Cloverdale Market Day on 176 Street, also from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Shred-a-Thons have been running since 2008, with about 25 events pulling in more than $12,000 in donations to the Surrey Food Bank.

Residents will also receive information on preventing identity theft.

Identity theft can have a major impact on victims. Using basic personal information such name, address, social insurance number, date of birth and mother’s maiden name, identity thieves can gain access to bank accounts, apply for loans and credit cards or engage in criminal activity that ultimately becomes associated to the victim.

For more information on how to protect yourself from identity theft,  visit the Protect Yourself section of www.surreyrcmp.ca.

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