The Tennessee Highway Patrol's Identity Crimes Unit announced today that they will host their first Identity Theft Awareness Day event in Knoxville. According to THP, this event will provide citizens methods to protect their identity and will have a shredding truck on site to destroy documents.
"This is a great opportunity for the citizens in Knoxville to dispose of any documents containing their personal information. No one is immune to identity theft. We appreciate the support of our law enforcement and financial institution partners in this effort to deter identity theft," THP Captain Stacy Williams said.
It will be held on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the highway patrol's district one headquarters at 7601 Kingston Pike. The identity crimes unit, along with representatives from USPS and BB&T, will be available to answer questions and distribute materials about identity theft. Document shredding is limited to two boxes for individuals and five boxes for businesses. No cardboard or non-paper items will be accepted.
THP's Identity Crimes Unit was created last fall and this will be their first such event. The THP said that there were 4,275 complaints of identity theft in Tennessee, in 2011, and 4,175 in 2010. Nationwide, there were 279,156 complaints in 2011 and 258,854 in 2010.
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