(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — Identity theft has quickly become one of the most prevalent and costly crimes, and a local event is scheduled to combat this issue.

AAA East Central and Shred-It are hosting a free shredding event to help reduce the chances of identity theft.

The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at AAA’s office located at 6660 Peach St Unit #2 in Erie, PA. (in the parking lot located near Bob’s Discount Furniture).

AAA members are invited to bring up to five storage boxes (up to three boxes for non-members) filled with paperwork containing personally identifiable information — that can include names, birthdates, account numbers, etc. — for free on-site shredding.

Acceptable items to bring to the shredding event:

  • Credit card offers
  • Bank statements
  • Old checkbooks
  • Tax forms & other paperwork
  • Medical records
  • Credit reports
  • Personal records
  • Insurance records
  • Financial statements 

“We typically get a couple hundred cars that show up. If you’re coming, we advise that you get there early and make sure you bring all the documents that you may have had sitting around for who knows how long. Sometimes we get people that show up to these events with papers that are 30 or 40 years old. Boxes that have been sitting in their garage or basement for a long time,” said Jim Garrity, director of public affairs, AAA East Central.

Garrity reminds people to watch for metal from binders when loading their bins with their paper.

You can learn additional details about this event on AAA’s website or by contacting a AAA representative at 412-365-7274.