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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's one of the fastest-growing crimes in the country, and today local residents came together to make sure it doesn't happen to them.
Identify theft is the issue.
People tossed boxes full of personal and confidential documents in the shredder to protect themselves.
Metro Public Works and Attorney General Jack Conway partnered to sponsor the free event.
"If you just throw it out in the trash, you don't really know what happens to that piece of paper later," says Kentucky Assistant Attorney General Kevin Winstead. "If it has things on it like your social security number, date of birth or full name, those are some key pieces of information that thieves can use to try to steal your identity."
The Attorney General's office also suggests that people check bank statements for suspicious activity.
They say it's important to take action quickly if you think you've been targeted.