Local Event Helps Shred Identity Theft

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Colorado Attorney General John Suthers made a stop in Grand Junction Saturday, in hopes of making a dent in identity theft.

The Attorney General teamed up with AARP Elder Watch for a free shredding event. "Fight Fraud -- Shred Instead" gave Grand Junction residents the opportunity to safely dispose of old tax papers and other important documents.

Colorado ranks fifth in the nation in identity thefts. Organizers say roughly two thirds of those cases are caused by meth addicts who steal people's mail and go through garbage cans. This is why they say it's important to shred documents and put a lock on your mailbox.

Despite bad weather, organizers were able to shred 1500 pounds of documents.

"We want to get people in the habit," said Attorney General Suthers. "We're glad to be here in Grand Junction to get people in the habit of shredding their documents."

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