Saturday, April 16, 2011

Salem postpones shredding of sensitive documents event

Faced with the prospect of heavy weekend rains, the Better Business Bureau has decided to reschedule the "Shred Your ID" event that was slated to happen today at the Salem Civic Center.

It will now take place April 30, from 8 to 11 a.m., in the back parking lot of Salem Memorial Ballpark.

The event is designed to help curb identity theft by allowing participants to shred up to three boxes or bags of papers that contain sensitive information. Organizers ask that all papers be removed from binders, but staples, paperclips, compact and floppy discs are acceptable.

The previous paper shredding presented in October by the BBB in Salem saw nearly 14,000 pounds of documents destroyed.

Also on April 30, the Salem Police Department, with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate in the National Take Back, which helps safely dispose of pharmaceutical and over-the-counter substances.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the back lot of the police department on Burwell Street, officials will accept unwanted or unused drugs. Intravenous solutions, syringes or any medicine that is injected cannot be accepted because of potential safety hazards.

No questions or requests for identification will be made.

-- Neil Harvey

Weather Journal

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