Hundreds shred personal documents to protect themselves from ID theft

PHILADELPHIA, June 24 – State Rep. Joanna McClinton, D-Phila./Delaware, said hundreds of people came out to the document-shredding event she sponsored with Sen. Anthony H. Williams last Saturday.

McClinton and Williams held a three-hour shredding event on June 18 in the Cobbs Creek Shopping Center. More than 150 residents brought old paperwork that they no longer needed to be shredded on site.

"It was amazing -- at 10 a.m. the parking lot was already full of constituents waiting for the shredding to begin," McClinton said. "We had a steady flow of people throughout the event. It just goes to show you how seriously people take protecting their identity and financial information.

"Shredding is a great way to dispose of sensitive documents in an environmentally friendly way while also protecting one's identity from fraud."

Local residents were encouraged to bring old financial, tax and medical records, as well as other sensitive papers, for proper disposal.

Additionally, McClinton's staff was on hand to help residents with state issues and with applying for state programs, such as the Children's Health Insurance Program, Medicaid or the Property Tax/Rent Rebate Program.