Today Topekans got help doing some destruction. Local companies joined forces to host a free shredding and lay waste to unwanted personal files.
10 million people fell victim to identity theft in 2008 and a trio of local businesses felt it was time to take action. That's how free shred day was born.
"50 billion dollars were stolen due to identity theft in 2007, so obviously it's a big problem," said Bob Mackey, executive director of Housing and Credit Counseling Inc.
Jayhawk File Express teamed with the Housing and Credit Counsel as well as Capital City Bank to help Topekans clean out some clutter and the appreciative public came out in large numbers.
While some choose to dispose of files with a mere stroll to the trash can, Capital City Bank Chief Marketing Officer, Kathy Clark says it's better to be safe than sorry.
"It is very important for people to shred files as often as possible to protect themselves against identity theft."