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Want to learn more about how to keep your personal information safe from identity theft. The 11th annual Community Shred Days are where you need to be.

The Attorney General Jim Hood is gearing up to host the 11th annual Community Shred Days in Jackson, Hattiesburg, and D’Iberville.

Hood and partner organizations are inviting people to bring up to three bags of personal documents to be shredded for no charge. Iron Mountain and Premiere shredding companies will be taking care of the papers. Businesses are not eligible, just individual documents.

“Since we began this partnership, we have helped Mississippi consumers shred over 511, 350 pounds of paper containing personal information,” said Attorney General Hood. “We are committed to protecting Mississippians by continuing to prevent identity theft before it occurs, and we have no doubt this partnership and the hard work of our volunteers have saved many Mississippians from becoming victims of crime.

On Friday March 10th the shredding truck will be in Jackson at The Home Depot on I-55 North starting at 7:30 am to 2:00 pm and in Hattiesburg at the Wal-Mart Supercenter from 8:00 am to noon.

They’ll make a stop in D’Iberville on Saturday March 11th from 8:00 am to noon at the Wal-Mart Supercenter on Sangani Blvd.

“Identity theft is a widespread and serious crime. It is vitally important to destroy documents that contain any information that would make it easy for a criminal to steal your identity such as Social Security numbers, account numbers, or other sensitive data,” AG Hood said. “Shred days are intended to raise community awareness to the risks of identity theft and to provide Mississippians free access to document shredding.”

For more information about protecting your identity visit www.agjimhood.com or call 601-359-4230.

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