"Anything that's got our name on it, our address on it."
"The mail that you receive, the mail you send out, the checks you write."
They shred it all.
But the good advice isn't catching on ... when we searched through local dumpsters for ourselves only one out of 10 bags of trash had shredded documents in it.
We even found someones budget.
"This should probably be shredded it looks like someones budget where we can tell how much they pay in rent , how much they pay in bills and also there's a number so we could get more information."
"The ares that make up the majority of the problems use identity in committing a crime or using your id to get medical care." Pre-Paid Legal Services Associate Jeff Dammeyer sees it all the time.
He says 75 % of identity theft has nothing to do with your credit!!
He suggests instead of writing checks ... to start doing all of your banking online.
"The majority of the problems come from pieces of paper."
Because of the recent rise in ID theft, Sarah Besaw purchased her shredder just last month for 10 bucks ... eliminating future problems before they start.
Warren County Division for Environmental Planning and Assistance wants to make everyone aware that
it's illegal for someone to sort through your trash without your permission.
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