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Free "Shred Day" event planned to help protect against identity theft

If you have some old documents you'd like to get rid of safely, you'll have the chance to do so later this month.

The Better Business Bureau, the Kentucky Attorney General's office, Shred-All Documents, and Lowe's are working together to organize a free "Shred Day" event.

It's planned for Friday, September 24 from noon until 5 p.m. at the Hamburg location of Lowe's on Grey Lag Way in Lexington.

The BBB says more than 27 million Americans have fallen victim to identity theft in the last five years. The BBB also says consumers reported nearly $5 billion in out-of-pocket expenses to deal with it.

The BBB says each person may bring a maximum of 60 pounds of material (the equivalent of one standard sized bankers box) to the event to shred.

You don't have to remove staples or paper clips before shredding.

You can also bring CDs or DVDs to have them shredded.

Shred-All Documents will provide a truck with a video screen so you can see your documents being shredding inside the truck.

There will be one truck and one trailer with empty lockable bins so people who don't want to wait can leave their items to be shredded later.

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