Get rid of your confidential documents at shred-a-thon

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PHOENIX -- Have any old tax returns, medical records or bank statements you want to get rid of but don't know how?

Shred-a-thon begins

3 On Your Side has the solution.

It's so easy to say just throw those things in the trash. But of course, you know better than that. Throwing sensitive information into the trash is the worst thing you can do because someone can use that info to steal your identity.

However, I've got a great way for you to dispose of that information.

Shred-a-Thon Info

Join 3TV at a Shred-a-Thon on Thursday, Jan. 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., in the Wesley Bolin parking lot at 1700 W. Washington St. in Phoenix. Residents can bring old bills, tax returns more than seven years old, medical records and other documents containing personal identifying information to shred. The event is free.

Ken Rose says he's up to his ears in paperwork.

"I've got bills coming out of my ears!" Rose said.

And it's not just paid bills that are stacking up.

"I've got policies, phone records, guides, marketing material," he said.

Rose is boggled down with documents that he just doesn't know how to get rid of properly.

He's a real estate broker and over the years he has accumulated a lot of sensitive information from clients -- information and documents that he just doesn't want to throw in the trash. That could be disastrous.

"What I have here is an entire file of somebody's escrow, which has their loan documents, I've got their settlements sheets, I've got all kinds of things here and I don't think these people want these things to get out there," Rose said.

And because of that he's resorted to storing them in any area he can find in his office building, but he's at a point that all the paper is piling up.

"This is my living nightmare right now," he said. "I have papers I can't get rid of safely. I'm hoping you can give me some solutions here."

And we just might have one. 3 On Your Side is partnering with the Attorney General's Office to put on a shred-a-thon. It's something Attorney General Terry Goddard says is so important, especially with identity theft on the rise

"Identity theft is the number one federal and state growing financial crime," Goddard said.

And he says thieves aren't using rocket science to steal your identity.

"One of the most important ways they're doing that is through the trash, through Dumpster-diving, getting your financial information," he said.

And Rose says that's exactly why he hasn't wanted to toss anything in years, but after hearing about this upcoming shred-a-thon, he says that's going to change!

"When you come back after the shred-a-thon, you're going to see pristine clear desktops, files are all going to be gone!" Rose said.

The shred-a-thon is Thursday, Jan. 15. It's going to be just outside the state Capitol in the Wesley Bolin parking lot from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Your documents will be loaded into a secure truck and transported to a shredding facility. The best part is it's free.